Thursday, April 25, 2024

Eurobodalla makes tracks on walking trail

Eurobodalla Council is progressing its coastal walking trail on the headlands south of Batemans Bay.

The trail will link the headlands and beaches between Observation Point and McKenzies Beach via a series of new and existing natural bush tracks and lookout areas, all on public land.

Council says it will offer a year-round attraction that shows off Eurobodalla’s unmatched coast, diverse nature and unique Aboriginal heritage.

Connecting the villages of Batehaven, Surf Beach and Malua Bay, walkers can choose to hike the whole distance in a single day, wander at a more leisurely pace, or take advantage of numerous shorter walks.

The project is based on a concept approved by the Council back in 2010 and now includes the upgrade of Observation Point, which will serve as a gateway to the trail.

The Council received significant grant funding from the NSW and Commonwealth Governments last year for the trail and the NSW Government’s Public Works Advisory is helping with project planning and implementation.

Owners of land adjoining the trail are being informed of the project’s progression. Council staff will work directly with residents who might have encroachments like gardens or structures on the public land where the track passes.

Eurobodalla Council’s tourism manager, Tim Booth (pictured) said the trail would add to the diversity of offerings for visitors to the region.

“Around the world, walking tracks are a huge drawcard for nature lovers and this section of coast has it all,” he said.

“The trail will traverse mix of urban and wild, from suburbia to rock platforms and salt-stunted scrub forests, to majestic spotted gums towering over prehistoric cycads.

“Locals are bound to love it too, with the trail opening and improving access to our unique seaside environment.”

Work at Observation Point will start in the latter half of 2021. Work on the walking trail will begin early 2022 and consists of low-impact construction such as erosion control, upgraded walkways and stairways, footbridges and safety barriers, information signage, as well as minor vegetation trimming. The trail is due to be complete by June 2023.

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