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Great Grose weed walk

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Volunteer activities

Our volunteer activities are being assessed for risk on a case-by-case basis. We need to determine which activities can operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines. Many volunteer bushcare activities have now recommenced. Check the Volunteer Information Portal to confirm the status of your volunteer activity.

Join up

Beautiful Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park is under threat from noxious weeds. If you're a natural gardener and want to help stop invading weeds, volunteer for one of the Great Grose weeding activities.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
When

Spring and Autumn each year, with half, full-day and a multi-day options available.

Where
Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Wide range of weeding activities available. Most require a reasonable level of fitness. Some off-track walking along creek lines and through swamps, with steep ridges and gullies.
Price
Free. Morning tea provided. Lunch also provided on full-day activities.
Join up

You'll help restore endangered ecological communities and preserve threatened species like the giant dragonfly and Blue Mountains water skink. You'll use bush regeneration techniques in the Blue Gum Forest and Grose River areas.

Many options are available, from half-day weeding projects to a remote 3-day adventure on the Grose River and associated tributaries. No specific skills are necessary and all volunteers are trained and supervised throughout. NPWS provides all personal protective equipment, along with morning tea and lunch (depending on the length of the activity). It's a good idea to bring:

  • Backpack comfortable enough to carry for the duration of the activity
  • Torch for remote activity
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Gum boots if working in the creek lines
  • Camera
  • Personal items such as thermos

If you want to learn about the incredible landscapes of the Blue Mountains, meet new people and be active while contributing to the environment, join us for this important volunteer work.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Volunteer for bushfire recovery

Following this season's unprecedented bushfires, you can register your interest to help the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Saving our Species program rehabilitate and protect our threatened animals and plants.

Volunteers planting in Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

 

Saving Our Species program

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH