Will Purnululu be open in May 2010?

I read on the CALM website that Purnululu has been shut down for the remainder of the year because of bush fires. I also read that re-opening the park on April 1, 2010 will be dependent on how severe the Wet was and how much damage was done by the bush fires to infrastructure in the park.

I am planning a trip to the Kimberley for May 14-31, 2010. Visiting Purnululu will be the highlight of the trip for me. I will need to commit to airfare and other reservations by March 2010.

I am sure there have been bush fires in the park in the past. In your opinion, how severe were this year's bush fires? Do you have a guess whether Purnululu would be open by mid May 2010?

Thanks for your time.

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Nov 10, 2009
Purnululu in May
by: Birgit

May is usually not an issue, and you are talking late May.

Having said that, previous fires have nothing to do with what's happening now. Just because something did not get damaged in a previous fire, doesn't mean the park will open sooner now.
I have no idea what exactly was damaged. CALM does, so I'd ask them. They can tell you more than I can.

However, if you don't have to commit until March 2010 then I would wait for their assessment of the situation in March 2010, rather than trying to predict the situation for March now.

How the wet plays out also has a lot to do with how much work can be done and when the park will open. That's ALWAYS the case.

Do read this older newsletter issue on Kimberley Wet Season Predictions to understand what I mean.

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