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Wineglass Bay Lookout and Track Upgrade


Construction on improving the Wineglass Bay track and lookout is progressing well, with an expected completion date in September 2011– if the weather behaves itself.

The $410,000 project got under way in June this year and will see the existing Wineglass Bay lookout replaced and enlarged. 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.

The lookout replacement, along with track improvements from the saddle to the lookout will provide a fantastic new experience for visitors to this iconic East Coast destination.

Parks and Reserves manager East Coast, Dave Frelek, said contractors have been working on the viewing area, breaking up rock and removing the old timber lookout – and have almost completed the form work for the lookout’s new retaining wall.

“We are restricted as to how much gear can be flown to the site at any one time. On the first day of slinging operations, we delivered 21 loads, consisting mainly of tools and equipment for site set up and some rock for track work,” Dave said.

“Last Friday presented us with perfect flying conditions and another 30 loads were flown in, and the old lookout infrastructure was removed.”

 Wherever possible, the track to Wineglass Bay is remaining open for visitors to walk to this stunning destination. Visitors planning a trip to Freycinet should be aware however that if they just want to walk to the saddle to take in that world renowned vista of Wineglass Bay, they may be disappointed.

During the construction project, the lookout will be closed – this is to ensure the safety of the visitors and so the project can progress as quickly as possible.

For those on a tight schedule or those who don't feel up to longer walks, there is a short walk at Cape Tourville, where they will be rewarded with stunning coastal views. Other alternatives include the nearby Friendly Beaches.

Despite the best efforts of Parks staff to erect barriers and signage on the edges of the track at the saddle, some visitors still insist on clambering over rocks and trampling plants for the view of Wineglass Bay.

“We ask all visitors to be patient during the construction phase, and heed the signs and barriers – they are there for a reason – to preserve and protect the environment they have come to see in this amazing national park,” Dave said.

The Parks and Wildlife website has up to date details on track closures for Freycinet National Park, together with other tracks, campsites and reserves throughout Tasmania.

For further information about visiting the Freycinet National Park, call the Visitor Centre on (03) 6256 7000.

Wineglass Bay Lookout and Track Upgrade

Construction of the retaining wall for the lookout platform.

Wineglass Bay Lookout and Track Upgrade

Work on clearing rocks on the platform construction site.

Wineglass Bay Lookout and Track Upgrade

Helicopter slings another load to the lookout and track construction site