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Braeside bushcare

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

If you like gardening and weeding with a purpose, this volunteer activity is for you. Over the last 20 years, Braeside bushcare volunteers have made a real and positive impact on Braeside Upland Swamp in Blue Mountains National Park, near Blackheath.

Work
Bush regeneration
When
4th Sunday of the month (except December) and 3rd Friday of the month year round, 9am–1pm
Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Grade
Medium. Requires range of fitness levels, but suitable for adults and teens (16 years and over) with minimum fitness. Most access into work area is off-track, along creeklines and through swamp.
Price
Free. Morning tea provided.
Meeting point
Varies depending on where group is working. Details given on booking.
Equipment
provided
No. All tools, personal protective equipment, first aid kit, sunscreen, GPS and maps
What to
bring
Sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks, drinking water
Please note

Email or phone NPWS ranger Vanessa Richardson on (02) 4787 3112.

Help restore Braeside Upland Swamp’s natural qualities and stop weeds invading further into this special area. You'll play an important role in restoring the swamp’s incredible environment.

You’ll learn about the unique aspects of Blue Mountains Upland Swamp (an Ecological Endangered Community), and about bush regeneration in the Braeside section, near Blackheath. The swamp is home to at least 2 threatened species in Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: the giant dragon fly and the Blue Mountains water skink.

When Braeside bushcare began volunteer weeding in the early 1990s, Braeside Upland Swamp was invaded by gorse and other noxious weeds (such as broom and blackberry). Today, we’re treating small pockets of weeds and have restored 8 per cent of the swamp back to its natural state.

No specific skills necessary, you'll be trained and supervised throughout. You’ll meet new people from the local community, while learning about and treating noxious and environmental weeds. This is a great opportunity to join a long-term bushcare group that meets regularly to make a vital contribution.

Bring a day pack, personal first aid kit if needed, gum boots if working in the creek and thermos (tea/coffee).

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Park info

  • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
    More
    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    More
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Ruined Castle walking track hero, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton