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Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout


Construction will start this week on improving the Wineglass Bay track and lookout.

PWS Northern Region manager Chris Colley said the $410,000 project will see the existing Wineglass Bay lookout replaced and enlarged to provide an improved visitor experience.

“The replacement of the existing timber lookout, which is nearly 20 years old, will complement a major upgrade of the track to Wineglass Bay that began in 2006,” Mr Colley said.

“The lookout replacement along with track improvements from the saddle to the lookout will provide a totally different experience to the current situation.”

Work on the project will start on 14 June 2011 and continue throughout winter when visitation is at its lowest.

Mr Colley said intending visitors should note that  there will not be access to the lookout site during the construction period.

“There will be temporary closures of track sections for construction and helicopter operations, but we will aim to keep these to a minimum and maintain access to the Wineglass Bay beach as far as possible.”

As an alternative, other tracks such as the Cape Tourville Track, offer spectacular views of the coastline towards Wineglass Bay to the south.

For further information about temporary track closures, visitors are advised to contact the Freycinet Visitor Centre on 6256 7000.

Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout

East Coast Parks and Reserves manager Dave Frelek shows administrative office Marie Pearton how the track to the lookout will be widened.

Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout

Parks staff and visitors at the timber lookout, which will be dismantled and replaced as part of the upgrade.

Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout

The site of the lookout has been heavily impacted by visitors, as demonstrated by these exposed tree roots adjacent to the timber lookout.

Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout

Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania's most well-known tourism drawcards.