Significant rainfall has extended the temporary closure of popular tourist route Lady Talbot Drive in Marysville State Forest meaning the road will remain closed throughout the Victorian school holidays.

Lady Talbot Drive MapDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's (DELWP) Acting Regional Manager, Forest and Fire Operations, Aaron Kennedy, said: "A recent inspection by DELWP staff confirmed a number of safety concerns including fallen fire killed ash trees and the poor condition of the road surface."

"Both issues are caused by significant rainfall across the entire catchment and the temporary closure will continue to reduce the risk to the public," Mr Kennedy said.

"The safety of forest and park users must come first.

"The temporary closure will be extended to 27 October which coincides with the opening of seasonal road closures across the state.

"The closure along Lady Talbot Drive is from the Taggerty River Picnic Area to the intersection of Mt Margaret Road meaning Phantom Falls, Keppel Falls, Taggerty Cascades and The Beeches Rainforest Walk are inaccessible.

"Keppel Lookout and Steavenson Falls remain open, along with the Marysville Forest Trails, picnic areas, and the nearby Cathedral Range State Park.

"Parks Victoria also manages a section of Lady Talbot Drive and together, we are working with the Marysville Visitor Information Centre and tourism operators to ensure the community and visitors remain informed.

"The tourist route is surrounded by large fire killed Mountain and Alpine Ash from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and care must be taken when travelling in such areas.

"The status of the road will be assessed prior to being re-opened."

As part of an annual program, DELWP and Parks Victoria close a range of tracks during winter and spring across the state to protect them from damage and ensure driver safety.

For those wanting to plan their trip go to the Public Access Map site in the visiting parks and forests section at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures.

For maps of closures in parks check the 'Safety/closures and conditions' section at www.parks.vic.gov.au. You can also contact your local DELWP office by calling 136 186.

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