Walkway to be Gorge-ous
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