The new Henry Lawson Walking Trail in north Queensland’s Magnetic Island National Park is now open to members of the public.
The Queensland Government funded the new $175,000 walking trail, which also includes new steps and signage at Horseshoe Bay.
National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the trail was opened this week through the government’s accelerated Capital Works Program.
“The 500 metre walking trail derived its name as it now connects to Henry Lawson Street,” Dr Miles said.
“The new path links Horseshoe Bay to the Balding Bay and Radical Bay walking tracks, improving connectivity of the track network on the island.
“Previously this section of the path was, at times, blocked and unsafe to cross at high tide, now people will not have to worry about timing their walk as rock platforms have been constructed through these areas,” he said.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said a “few finishing touches’’ still had to be applied to the new walking trail.
“These include more orientation signs and pruning to be finalised, but the track is open six months ahead of schedule which is great news for locals and visitors on the island,” Mr Stewart said.
“People who use this walking trail can expect to see beautiful scenery and wildlife including Allied Rock-Wallabies, koalas, a variety of seabirds as well as views of Horseshoe Bay Beach.
“The trail also features spectacular natural landscapes and seascapes including the chance to walk through huge granite boulders typical of Magnetic Island.”
Magnetic Island can be reached by passenger and car ferry services from Townsville. The 11.5km trip to the Nelly Bay Marina takes about 30 minutes. The island can also be reached by private boat.
For more information on the national park, which covers more than half of the island, please go to: www.npsr.qld.gov.au