Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Blue Gum Hills.
Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW. We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.
Historic heritage in our parks and reserves
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is known for its mining history. Heritage sites within the park receive ongoing conservation work to preserve it for years to come. Improvements to national park walking tracks are also carried out. Blue Gum Hills Regional Park undertakes routine maintenance and upgrading of all its facilities.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park values the visitor experience of the area and encourages use of all facilities. Part of park management priorities includes ongoing work to develop new walking tracks and install interpretative signage.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- in the North Coast region
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is open 7.30am to 8pm during daylight savings (7.30am to 5pm at other times), but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 4946 4100
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW 2307
- Newcastle office
Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy gardening? Volunteer with Blue Gum Hills Landcare group and help clear the way for native vegetation in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, near Newcastle.
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.