THE iconic Oceanview Walk at Burleigh Heads has reopened to the public after undergoing a million-dollar upgrade.
The 1.2 kilometre track which runs through the Burleigh Headland National Park has been widened and resurfaced and had new seating and fencing installed along its route.
The revitalised track, managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), was reopened last week.
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Thanks to crucial funding from the state government, QPWS was able to improve access for wheelchairs by resurfacing parts of the track with fibre-reinforced concrete.
The iconic headland attracts more than half a million visitors every year.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles said the re-opening of the attraction was great news for locals and visitors.
“This beautiful headland offers one of the best land-based whale-watching vantage points on the Gold Coast,” Mr Miles said.
“For anyone who has never seen a whale, it’s a great place to visit now that the humpback whale migration season is well underway.
“Some visitors have also been lucky enough to see sea-eagles soaring along the coast when walking on the trail.
“So, it’s no surprise it’s an incredibly popular spot, attracting more than 500,000 visitors every year.
“We’re also expecting to see a dramatic rise in those visitor numbers, as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games draws closer.”
Mr Miles said people using wheelchairs will benefit from improved accessibility.
“The northern entry point has been widened from 1.5 to 1.8 metres with a smoother surface, meaning it will be safer and easier to pass other people,” he said.
“… [this] is great news for surfers who use the trail to get to and from their favourite breaks.”
“The colour has also been specifically chosen to blend into the natural surroundings.”
Visitors should continue to heed the safety signage and barriers along the track.