The Cluan Tier (see Stage 5, page 31) has been closed due to a land owner locking gates. An alternative route though Liffey is suggested on the map that can be downloaded here.
Bush fire update -
The sections of the Trail off the Marlbough Main Road are still closed. Trekkers should follow the main road from Miena to Bronte Park.
The most southern section, Geeveston to Dover, is still under review with at least two areas known to still have dangerous trees close to the Trail.
Extreme Caution Needed Please
Forestry operations are being carried out on Lanes Tier (see map). The Trail passes along Lanes Tier (2.9 to 12.4, page 48 of the Guidebook) and Trail users should take care. The road will be impacted for the next week with tree being felled and after that time log trucks will be using the route to take out timber southward along the Trail. Warning signs will be erected both ends of the track/road and Trail users should stop and let vehicles pass. There are a few places where the road is steep and windy and trucks will require the full width of the road and may not be able to stop quickly. The vehicular traffic will continue for about 8 months and further advice will be posted here when logging has been completed.
Please note, the map has been copied from page 86 of the Guidebook.
Bushy Park Showgrounds Reopened
The Bushy Park Showgrounds are again open for Trail users to camp. Please refer to page 65 of the guidebook for conditions of entry.
Native Plains Road (See 29.3.18)
After 16 months of considerable effort a successful meeting was held today between the farmer, Parks personnel and Trail representatives with a solution agreed. However, formalities need to be processed which may take a month or so. The first of these will be a land survey to ascertain the exact boundaries of the reserved road. This has already been commissioned by Parks.
Contractors are logging on Bermuda Road south of Judbury. Stop and ensure you presence is known before proceeding.
Camping at Bracknell
Camping is again permitted on the riverside at Bracknell. There is a fee of $3.00 which is payable at the Bracknell store. Page 33 of the guidebook, point 36.5, refers.
Mersey River Crossing
A report has been received that the Mersey River crossing at the beginning of Stage 4 is very difficult to negotiate due to a deep channel on its eastern side. Until this is confirmed and an alternative crossing place found it is recommended that the alternative flood route described on page 24 of the guidebook be used.
On page 56 of the guidebook there are instructions on how to contact the caretaker of the Bushy Park Recreation ground to arrange for an overnight stop. We have been asked to advise users that John should be contacted no later than midday the day they they are coming. It is recommended that he be rung the night before.
The Trail between Latrobe and Railton has been closed due to a dispute with a land owner. Users should take the Railton Road as shown in Map 2 in the guidebook.This matter may take some time to resolve as it may involve legal action.