Walk­way to be Gorge-ous

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AL­THOUGH it is still a few months be­fore a politician grabs a shiny shovel and turns over a sod at the Moss­man Gorge Gate­way precinct, lo­cals and tour op­er­a­tors have been get­ting a taste of what life will be like when the $17 mil­lion project opens next year.

While the Moss­man Gorge board­walk is be­ing re­built over the next six weeks, all vis­i­tors will have to park in a tem­po­rary carpark on John­son Rd, be­fore the com­mu­nity, and take a shut­tle bus to the Gorge.

An­nounc­ing the fi­nal stage of the $1.2 mil­lion up­grade on Mon­day, Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’Brien said the new board­walk would open up the park to all users.

“It’s very im­por­tant to me that all of the 400,000 peo­ple who visit Moss­man Gorge ev­ery year are able to fully ex­plore the World Her­itage rain­for­est,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien said dis­rup­tion to nor­mal ser­vices would be kept to a min­i­mum.

“Most small com­mer­cial tour buses with per­mits will still be able to drive into the park and drop vis­i­tors at the pic­nic area, and there will be limited park­ing for small buses along the en­trance road­way.

“To al­low the mew walk­way to be built, the main walk­ing track to the Moss­man River look­out will be closed through­out the con­struc­tion pe­riod, but all pic­nic ar­eas and the River Loop walk­ing track will stay open.

“When com­plete, the new board­walk to­gether with the sus­pen­sion bridge will present a world-class ex­pe­ri­ence for all vis­i­tors to Moss­man Gorge.”

Vis­i­tors will also be able to cross the new $450,000 sus­pen­sion bridge opened by the State Govern­ment in June, and use the pop­u­lar 2.4km rain­for­est cir­cuit loop track.

Shut­tle buses are run­ning from the tem­po­rary carpark ev­ery 15 min­utes or so, start­ing at 8am. The fi­nal bus leaves the carpark at 4.30pm and re­turns from the Gorge at 5.15pm.

Check it out: an artist’s im­pres­sion of the new walk­way

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