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Help us track recovery of Warrumbungle National Park

The landscape of Warrumbungle National Park appears to change little from day to day, but this is not the case for plants and animals living here since an intense bush fire in January 2013.

The 2013 wildfires marked another chapter in this great park's history and life is now changing faster than usual. You can help capture and share the changing view with the world.

The online gallery is part of a research program to monitor how plants, animals and soils are recovering from the fire.

Thank you for helping to build the online picture gallery so we can monitor how the park is recovering!

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Two photo points are installed in the park, so you can take a photo at the same place as other visitors. You can upload your photo to an online picture gallery. As the gallery grows, we will show how the park – and particularly the plants – are recovering after the fire in January 2013.

How to get involved

  1. Take a photo at one or both of the photo points in Warrumbungle National Park.
  2. Upload your photos to Atlas of Living Australia's Biological Data Recording System
Warrumbungle Snap App

You can also download the free smartphone app to share your photos. Download it at the Apple Store, Google Marketplace, or by searching for WarrumbungleSnap from your mobile app store.


Photo points in the park

Whitegum Lookout

White Gum lookout. Photo by Craig Wall, OEH

Whitegum Lookout, October 2014.
Photo by Craig Wall, OEH

One photo point is at Whitegum Lookout. Along parts of the Whitegum Lookout trail the intensity of the fire in January 2013 was extreme and the crowns of many white gums, also called inland scribbly gums Eucalyptus rossii, were consumed. But just a few weeks after the fire, the white gums that survived began to sprout new leaves under their bark.

Like many eucalypts, white gums have epicormic buds under the bark. When the tree has leaves, it produces chemicals which stop the buds from growing. But after such an intense fire, when all the leaves were scorched or burnt, the white gums no longer produced chemicals and the epicormic buds began to grow. Ultimately, the new shoots will develop seeds from which new trees can grow.

Other species recovered in different ways. For example, Macrozamia cycads resprouted from underground stems two weeks after the fire.

Pincham Car Park

Pincham Car Park. Photo by Craig  Wall, OEH

Pincham Car Park, October 2014.
Photo by Craig Wall, OEH

Another photo point is at Pincham Car Park. It is the access point for walking to the Balor Hut Campground and the Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk which is a 'must-do' for bushwalkers who love a challenge with their scenery. To access the car park, turn left into Pincham Road approximately 100 metres past the Visitor Centre turnoff and continue to the end.

Page last updated: 14 September 2015