Point Lookout Gorge Walk update – still great viewing

You can still keep a lookout for whales from the Point Lookout Gorge Walk during whale watching season until November.

Council is working on plans to reconstruct a damaged section roughly in the middle of the Point Lookout Gorge Walk at North Stradbroke Island.

Council closed a section of the Gorge Walk in late March after significant rainfall damaged a section of the foundations on the southern side of the centre bridge.

However most of the walk, one of the southern hemisphere’s best land-based whale watching vantage points, can still be completed.

Analysis has confirmed that a 25 metre section of the boardwalk will require extensive reconstruction, including the installation of new foundations into the underlying rock.

This is a difficult area in which to undertake works and, at the same time, protect its beautiful surrounds.

Heavy earth moving equipment cannot be used and it is believed works will have to be undertaken by hand.

Council is seeking contractors to undertake the work and will be able to provide further information, including a timeline and costs, once a contractor has been engaged.

Until the works are completed the Gorge Walk will remain partially closed.

However the majority of the Gorge Walk remains open to tourists and locals, with entry points at both the southern and northern ends. The damaged section is located roughly in the middle of the walk.

The Gorge Walk offers multiple vantage points to experience the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), but Council urges everyone to take heed of the site safety signage and not enter the closed area.

Residents and visitors are advised to stay on the designated trail and not attempt to bypass or cut through the closed section, as it sits over a steep section of the headland.

A fall could result in serious injury and sensitive vegetation is also present in the area.

Until the boardwalk fully reopens, read the signs and be safe, and enjoy our wonderful Redlands Coast.