Atherton locals and visitors are benefiting from the new and improved Yabi Mountain and Mount Baldy walking tracks, as well as a car park upgrade near Herberton Range State Forest and Baldy Mountain Forest Reserve.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Principal Ranger Andrew Millerd said works had recently been completed on the walking tracks and car park in partnership with the Tablelands Regional Council.
“Works are now complete on the new Yabi Mountain walking track, upgraded Mount Baldy track and the linking track that delivers an 8 kilometre circuit walk, which offers a vastly improved bushwalking experience,” Mr Millerd said.
“The project has included new steps and re-alignment of the tracks to ensure greater sustainability and a more accessible grade. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has spent $330,000 on the works, and Council contributed $30,000 for the car park upgrade.
“The walking tracks are a grade four – suitable for those with some bushwalking experience – and may be undertaken in sections or as a full circuit, offering opportunities for a wide range of users.
“New interpretative and directional signs have also been installed to improve visitor information and safety.
“The car park upgrade, undertaken by the Tablelands Regional Council, will also help to increase accessibility to the area.
“The Atherton Tableland is one of Queensland’s best destinations for bushwalking, and these worthwhile upgrades will further enhance the visitor experience.”
Mayor Joe Paronella said this was a great win for the region and was testament to the benefits of a collaborative approach to government sectors working together.
“Council understands the importance of tourism to the economy in our region,” Mayor Paronella said.
“This upgrade will ensure the Tableland continues to meet the expectations of visitors and offers a high quality experience for tourists and locals.”
Mr Millerd said the walking tracks were recognised at the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) Awards in 2015.
“Lookouts along these tracks and the linking walk offer spectacular vistas across the Tableland,” Mr Millerd said.
“Nestled alongside the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, the walking tracks add diversity of recreation use for families seeking choices in active outdoor recreation.”
Dogs are permitted on the walking trails, but they must be on a leash and under control at all times.
For more information, visit www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/herberton-range.
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