Exciting news for both locals and tourists, with one of the Gold Coast’s most popular walking tracks officially reopening to the public today.
The Burleigh Head National Park Oceanview walking track was closed in late March due to landslips following heavy rain.
However, Senior Ranger Jess Rosewell has confirmed Gold Coasters will once again be able to take a stroll along the popular walking track from this afternoon.
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“I’m pleased to say the Oceanview track is scheduled to be reopened Friday afternoon for people who want to walk and simply enjoy the beauty of the national park and take in the breathtaking views,” Ms Rosewell said.
“Contractors have worked extremely hard to clear mud and soil from parts of the track and repair handrails that were damaged by two landslips.”
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service also contracted a geotechnical engineer to assess the landslips and the walking track.
“Excavation of the mud and debris revealed two large boulders weighing up to 10 tonnes each,” Ms Rosewell said.
“Those boulders were sitting on the edge of a small shelf of soil that would likely have been further eroded in another high rainfall event.
“The boulders were too large and heavy to physically move and required mechanical splitting by pneumatic drilling and using a hydraulic rock splitter.
“Another cluster of smaller boulders were also uncovered during the works and were also removed for safety reasons.”
Ms Rosewell said the Burleigh Head National Park is known for its panoramic views of the ocean and stunning sunrises.
“The 1.2 kilometre Oceanview track is very popular, with more than a million visitors taking to the track for exercise or for pleasure every year,” she said.
“The landslips were just east of the northern weather gate, and QPWS rangers thank the community for their patience during the repairs.”