The popular Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has fully reopened to visitors ahead of the busy Christmas holiday period.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said restoration work was now complete on a 25 metre section of the boardwalk which was damaged earlier this year following heavy rain.
“Minjerribah is one of Queensland’s most beautiful naturally wonderful attractions and the Gorge Walk has always been a ‘must do’ for visitors to the island,” she said.
“Unfortunately the walk had to be closed earlier this year to ensure the safety of the public after heavy rain washed away some of the footings.
“Now I am pleased to announce that residents and visitors are once again able to complete the full 1.2 kilometre circuit uninterrupted.
“The walk offers multiple vantage points to view local flora and fauna against the stunning backdrop of the headlands and Pacific Ocean.
“The reopening of the entire Gorge Walk will be very welcome news to residents and businesses on Minjerribah, especially with the influx of visitors expected for the upcoming summer holidays.”
Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said reconstruction of the damaged section of the walk involved the installation of seven new footings into the underlying rock.
“This was a difficult area in which to undertake works and, at the same time, protect its beautiful surrounds,” he said.
“The contractors worked off the existing decking to bore down 2.8 metres into rock to ensure the stability of the footings.
“They were then harnessed from the walk to add pile caps, using concrete pumped all the way from the main carpark.
“Care was taken at all stages of the restoration to ensure minimal damage to vegetation and the surrounding gorge.
“I am very excited that the boardwalk has reopened so residents and visitors can once again walk the circuit and experience the natural beauty of Minjerribah.”