Tourism road closed for five years

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Opin­ion John An­der­sen

fi­cially closed at the east­ern end for nearly five years, peo­ple who use the range drive around the bar­rier. The only way to ac­cess the road legally from the north­ern end of the high­way is to drive across the Ather­ton Table­land to Mount Gar­net, 60km west of Raven­shoe, and then nav­i­gate from there via a net­work of bush tracks.

The road on the Mount Gar­net side has been cut since late Novem­ber by flood­wa­ters at the Cash­mere Cross­ing on t he up­per Her­bert River.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment a n d R e s o u r c e Man a g e me n t ’ s Kir­rama Na­tional Park web­site still ad­vises trav­ellers to drive south from Mount Gar­net to the Gun­nawarra Rd and to ‘‘ turn left at the Kir­rama-Cash­mere road’’. Fat lot of good that would have done any­one since Novem­ber.

The State Gov­ern­ment has spent hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars up­grad­ing walk­ing tracks in the area, i nclud­ing ac­cess t o t he Her­bert River gorge, one of Aus­tralia’s most spec­tac­u­lar wilder­ness walks. You need a he­li­copter to get to them.

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