Hi Blair, You'll have to compare notes with dad. He went out there earlier in the week to check it out for potential reuse. Said it hadn't thickened up, but yeah - rough road in.
Talked to Greg Barbour and he said that the biggest barrier is also that it's unlikely that we'd get permission to go east of the road (wilderness area), plus there might not be a suitable arena unless we could get permission to use the campground. The road in, although long, would be fine for 2WD in good weather, but I'm not sure how it would respond if wet. (The old hands may remember John Colls running 30km to get help after being stranded at the campground by fallen trees in snow in 1982).
I went training there (probably about 20years ago now) on the original map and it was still good then. Ran mostly on the west side of the road but even now I can remember there was some good stuff to the east.
Last year's NSW Champs rogaine was held there - although numbers were capped at 250 by national parks (and the HH was not at the main Boyd River campground, but in a clearing nearby to which they were able to get the Parks key). I haven't found the map anywhere online yet but the photos of frost at the camping area are impressive.
Incidentally, this year's NSW Champs rogaine (this coming weekend) will be about 30km SW of there, near Mt Werong. We should have stayed on!
If you had stayed the extra week it would have been more enjoyable to go to the MTBO champs rather than some silly rogaine!
Coincidentally I got WARA to move the October rogaine back a week last year to accommodate the MTBO champs on the date I wanted (no thanks to another large MTBO event that gave me the wrong dates originally).
Looked OK driving through last week.
A 250 cap would also stop a national carnival event from being held there, and it would be hard to justify investing the money required for a remap for anything less.
(That said, there's a classic sandstone area in the Czech Republic that hasn't been used for decades because of a 200-participant limit. They've finally found an event which is significant enough to be worth doing a specific map for, and has fewer than 200 participants - the 2021 WOC long distance final).