New walking track open
VISITORS and residents of the Whitsundays now have access to a new 850 metre Airlie Creek walking track.
Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker officially opened the track last Friday and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by fellow councillors, representatives from Tourism Whitsundays, Tourism Queensland and the contractors and craftspeople involved in the construction of the track and its associated infrastructure.
Cr Brunker said the track would add to the flavour of the different experiences on offer in the Whitsundays.
"I'm very pleased to see the construction of this track will allow walkers of all (levels of) experience to enjoy the rainforest close to town," he said.
"It'll make a great activity for locals and visitors and it'll be a good asset for the community."
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Peter O'Reilly agreed this would be an important addition to the portfolio of activities on offer in Airlie Beach.
"This place has always needed things to do on those days when it's blowing 35knots from the southeast and walking tracks like this just add a little bit more fibre to the tourist experience here," Mr O'Reilly said.
The track starts and ends at Waterson Way, near the entrance to Raintree Place.
It starts as an easy grade gravel path and culminates in a more challenging bush track.
Features include a picnic setting under the shade of a large fig tree and the chance to see rare flora and fauna such as the Whitsunday bottle tree and endangered Proserpine rock wallaby, found only in this region. Walkers should allow an hour to complete the full return trip. The concept for the track originated as part of a development condition associated with the Airlie Summit project, with council utilising associated funds to reach the current result.
Plans for the future include an extension of the track down to the Airlie Beach main street.