Deua National Park - What's it like?

Submitted: Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 23:05
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Hello Folks

Taking the family to a well earned break to Moruya in December. Planning to visit Deua NP, among other places. I heard there were some fires there early this year or late last year. Anyone been there lately? Some info on what's it like will be great.

Thanks in advance.

Froilan.
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Reply By: Dave - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 07:40

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 07:40
Going there this weekend to Bendethra. It is God's country. A real piece of paradise. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 13:42

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 13:42
G'day Dave
Also heading in there this weekend.

Might see ya - what are you driving?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Davo - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:34

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:34
Check with NPWS , when I was there last thursday the entry to Bendethera was blocked by fallen trees.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:37

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:37
G'day Davo
Thanks for that - will do. Which side are you referring to though - the Araluen side (Merricumbene) has been closed for said reason for many months.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Davo - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 16:29

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 16:29
The trees that i'm referring to were blocking the entry to bendethera valley camping area just past the NPWS notice board. Read my reply to Froilan in this post (no. 6). It was very windy in there last week and there was a lot of falling timber. The NPWS website is stating that the park is currently closed.

Davo
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Oct 02, 2003 at 11:20

Thursday, Oct 02, 2003 at 11:20
G'day Again Davo
Thanks for that clarification. After your last post I rang NPWS Narooma and asked - the person I spoke with indicated a staff member had just been there and all was well. Perhaps either the web site, or the person I spoke to, are wrong?
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Reply By: flappan - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 09:11

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 09:11
There certainly were fires, and you can see where, but, its greened up nicely and well worth a visit.
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Reply By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 10:07

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 10:07
Bendethera is a great spot - try the drive around the valley via Dampier FT, Minuma Ft, Momgamula FT & Merricumbene FT.
Get a copy of the Batemans Bay State Forest map 1:125 000 - it covers a large area but the track info is fairly accurate.Subaru Forester
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Reply By: Troopie - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 13:41

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 13:41
G'day Froilan
It's a great spot! One of my main haunts.

Also going there over the long weekend.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Dave - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 14:26

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 14:26
Hi Troopie,

I'll be with a mate and our families. We both drive white GU 3lt Patrols. Mine has a full basket on roof.

Might see you.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 15:48

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 15:48
G'day Again Dave
I'm actually going to be floating between two groups of friends that are in there. Looks like it's going to be a bit of a crew...

I'll be the white Troopie, with alloy rack, B-Bar, Rear Bar and BFG AT's.

Cheers
My name is Dave also
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 21:07

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003 at 21:07
Wahooo....its gonna get crowded then because myself and Rossco are heading down also (probably on Sunday)

Who else is coming? :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin (NSW/ACT) - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 08:51

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 08:51
I'm taking a group of about 6 vehicles from the Landrover Club of the ACT down that way on Saturday. Plan to have lunch somewhere in the Bendethra Valley, probably around the old homestead site. We're coming in from the west and will probably backtrack out the same way. Narooma NPWS advised me that Dry Creek is now open so Mericumbene Fire Trail can be used to go from Bendethra all the way to the Araluen-Moruya Road. Depending on time I might take them out that way. We are staying on a property out of Araluen for the weekend.

We're normally on UHF Channel 10 for club trips.

Cheers

KevinKevin - sitting here, thinking of there
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Reply By: Davo - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:30

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2003 at 10:30
Froilan,

I travelled to bendethera last week via Braidwood and then out to Moruya. I camped for three nights and did the walk up to Bendethera Caves. I saw one other vehicle the whole time but sadly there was plenty of garbage and broken bottles in some areas left by the previous weekends visitors. The valley is a huge area with plenty of camping space and is unaffected by fire damage.

When I decided to leave, due to the very high winds, the only exit was blocked by a couple of very large fallen trees between the Deua River crossing and the NPWS notice board. It is highly likely that these trees would have been cleared by the weekend, but it may be an idea to check first for those who are planning a trip.

The wind was so strong it even blew the dunny over at the homestead ruins.

Davo
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