Construction of two new viewing platforms and upgraded walking track at the Pinnacles, in Ben Boyd National Park between Pambula and Eden is well underway but the recent wet weather has delayed the completion of works.
The new track and platforms were due to open at the end of April but at this stage, a National Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said pending no further rain events, the platforms and loop track will be completed and open to the public from late May 2022.
During construction, visitors to the Pambula-Haycock area of Ben Boyd National Park can still do other walks in the park (such as the Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach walk) – but are urged to check the Alerts on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website before visiting.
Construction of two new viewing platforms at the striking Pinnacles sand cliffs in Ben Boyd National Park started in late 2021, as part of the biggest infrastructure investment in NSW national parks’ history.
Mathew Burns from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said the $250,000 project will improve the popular Pinnacles loop walking track and give visitors much better views of the 65 million-year-old white sand and red gravel cliffs.
“We are replacing the existing viewing platforms with two brand new ones that are better positioned to take in views of the Pinnacles,” Mr Burns said.
“The platforms will be positioned towards this spectacular landmark giving visitors a much closer look at this geological feature created from coloured sand and gravel clay deposited around 65 million years ago.
“Access to the viewing platforms will be created with new sandstone steps that will be installed by NPWS staff working on the track.
“We are also fixing washed out sections of track and doing general upgrades to the entire loop making the overall experience much more enjoyable for visitors,” Mr Burns said.
This project is part of the biggest infrastructure investment in NSW national parks history, delivering $450 million of priority works that benefit the community and boost nature-based tourism across the state.
The Pinnacles loop walking track will remain closed during this construction phase and NPWS apologises for any inconvenience.
Image Credit: John Spencer OEH / National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW, J.Yurasek DPIE