Thursday, April 25, 2024

Historic NPWS infrastructure project gets underway

Construction of two new viewing platforms at the striking Pinnacles sand cliffs in Ben Boyd National Park has started, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in NSW national parks’ history.

Mathew Burns from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said the $250,000 project will improve the popular Pinnacles loop walking track and give visitors better views of the 65-million-year-old white sand and red gravel cliffs.

“We are replacing the existing viewing platforms with two brand new ones that are better positioned to take in views of the Pinnacles,” Mr Burns said.

“The platforms will be positioned towards this spectacular landmark giving visitors a much closer look at this geological feature created from coloured sand and gravel clay deposited around 65 million years ago.

“Access to the viewing platforms will be created with new sandstone steps that will be installed by NPWS staff working on the track.

“We are also fixing washed out sections of track and doing general upgrades to the entire loop making the overall experience much more enjoyable for visitors,” Mr Burns said.

Work on the viewing platforms is underway and will continue through summer.

The Pinnacles loop walking track will be closed during this construction phase.

The improved track and new viewing platforms are expected to be open by mid-2022.

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