Work starts this week on the initial stages of the
planned Whale Trail extension of the Solitary Islands Coastal Path at
“Whales and Woopi have become inextricably linked in
recent years with the local campaign to showcase it as a great place to
whale-watch - and the new seating and viewing platforms will be a fabulous new
attraction for visitors and locals,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor
The whale theme is central to the design of the
seating platforms which will form a chain around the slopes of the Headland linking
the current Solitary Islands Coastal Path to Woolgoolga Beach.
The Marine Ecology Research Centre Southern Cross
University has provided information on individual whales that pass up and down
the coastline on their regular migrations and specific names and whale markings
have been included in the concrete, timber and signage. In addition, more
general information on whales will be provided on information panels.
The project is being undertaken in stages and the
first to be completed will be the two platforms closest to Woolgoolga Beach.
Each stage consists of an accessible path to either a viewing platform or
Construction is due to begin on Thursday, June 16, and
is expected to be completed within a month, weather permitting. Access to the
sites will be temporarily restricted during construction.
The work has been made possible through a $25,000 grant
from the Australian Department of Environment and a $4,500 contribution from
the Coffs Coast State Park.