‘Mountains Drums’ Blog

Welcome to ‘Mountains Drums‘ – our field blog expressing views and insights about the goings on out in the Blue Mountains great outdoors, written mostly by one of our regular Mountains hikers, Flex.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area covers over a million hectares of native vegetation and is arguably a bushwalker’s paradise of choice.  Yet over more than twenty five years of hiking the Blue Mountains, we continue to observe and read about those accessing the Blue Mountains great outdoors and those managing this World Heritage who fail to learn from the wisdom of others before them – the requisite knowledge, skills, experience, preparation and attitude to appreciate and not harm.

At Nature Trail we relish the great outdoors and value the Blue Mountains and its magnificent world heritage.  But while we embrace the outdoors experience, fun and adventure, we criticise those who foolishly risk life and limb and who recklessly encourage others likewise.

Whilst the Blue Mountains may still be of world heritage value, we do not see world’s best practice nor leadership evolving in outdoor recreation nor in custodial management.  Hardly a week passes without reports of helicopter rescues of injured hikers, canyoners and rockclimbers, of lost hikers, benighted hikers, missing hikers and of deaths by those setting out ignorant or just poorly prepared.  We constantly read reports by locals of the threats of invasive tourism, ugly mass tourism, the dominance of a tourism oligopoly, of poor track conditions and neglected signage, of the underfunded and understaffed National Parks and Wildlife Service.

We observe the disconnect between government authorities delegated with custodial responsibility for protecting and managing the natural values of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and with tourism providers and consumers.  More recently we’ve observed multiple landslips go neglected for months and years, so shutting down many hiking tracks indefinitely, bushfires left to incinerate 80% of the world heritage area and other ‘National Parks’ so-called throughout New South Wales, the China Virus Pandemic all but shut down tourism completely.

Each instance/incident gets reported in isolation, as if a freak event, then soon forgotten by the media, no lessons learned by tourism consumers, no application to any standards for continual improvement by tourism providers.  So inevitably the same or similar instance/incident gets ignorantly repeated, reported then forgotten again and again.

This blog serves to highlight and question this ignorance and has been established as an ongoing reminder of how the Blue Mountains environment and visitors keep suffering the consequences.  Our hiking blogger Flex does not hold back.  This ‘Mountains Drums‘ blog is intended to be a wake up call to the Blue Mountains community to lift its game.

[This webpage last updated 11th February 2021]

Blog Posts

 

Blue Mountains National Park blanket lockout is a gross “overreaction” by the NSW Government
Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Track Closures
By Flex / April 14, 2022

Blue Mountains National Park blanket lockout is a gross “overreaction” by the NSW Government

Leading Blue Mountains environmentalist Keith Muir has called the shutdown of the Blue Mountains National Park a gross "overreaction" by...

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Parks Service bureaucratic drizzle shuts the entire Blue Mountains National Park
Deaths in the Mountains, Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Mountains Rescues, Mountains Weather, Track Closures
By Flex / April 7, 2022

Parks Service bureaucratic drizzle shuts the entire Blue Mountains National Park

Yesterday the New South Wales Parks Service decided to blanketly close the entire Blue Mountains National Park of some 2690...

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Wentworth Falls landslips kill again
Deaths in the Mountains, Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Landslips Killing Tourism, Track Closures
By Flex / April 5, 2022

Wentworth Falls landslips kill again

Tragically again, two more people have been killed by a landslip in the Jamison Valley just south of the village...

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Governmental contempt for Popes Glen east of Blackheath
Bushfires Killing Tourism, Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Track Closures
By Flex / March 23, 2022

Governmental contempt for Popes Glen east of Blackheath

Popes Glen Bushland Reserve is located on the eastern bushland outskirts of the village of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains,...

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Lightning destroys Hartley’s Lolly Bug shoppe
Mountains Weather
By Flex / January 21, 2022

Lightning destroys Hartley’s Lolly Bug shoppe

As if government lockdowns from NSW Government's abject failure in bushfire management and then Australian Government's abject failure in quarantine...

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Government pandemic handling continues in disarray as Blue Mountains tourism goes to the wall
Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Pandemic Killing Tourism
By Flex / January 10, 2022

Government pandemic handling continues in disarray as Blue Mountains tourism goes to the wall

Following the predictable Christmas 2021 social gatherings and subsequent New Year's Eve partying, the number of the China SARS Corona...

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Demise of Mount Victoria retail
Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Pandemic Killing Tourism, Village Amenity
By Flex / December 24, 2021

Demise of Mount Victoria retail

Pre-pandemic, back on Saturday 26th November 2017, Nature Trail delivered one of its hiking tours around the bush tracks of...

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Blue Mountains mayor’s perpetual track closures
Government Killing Blue Mountains Tourism, Landslips Killing Tourism, Track Closures
By Flex / November 30, 2021

Blue Mountains mayor’s perpetual track closures

Blue Mountain's Council Mayor Mark Greenhill has presided over perpetual hiking track closures since February 2020, and it's nearly two...

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Mount Solitary Misadventure by Clifftop Exposure
Deaths in the Mountains
By Flex / November 12, 2021

Mount Solitary Misadventure by Clifftop Exposure

Yet another negligent bushwalking club has lost a member to planned misadventure commonly referred to as 'Clifftop Exposure' it seems....

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