National Parks and Wildlife Service workers Les Bravery and Lance Meakins hard at work on the Dorrigo Skywalk.
National Parks and Wildlife Service workers Les Bravery and Lance Meakins hard at work on the Dorrigo Skywalk. Bruce Thomas

Dorrigo Skywalk gets facelift

THE Dorrigo Skywalk is getting a facelift.

There will be new handrails, replacement of timber decking and path upgrades.

“The skywalk has been in place since 1990,” area manager for the Dorrigo Plateau,” Dave Hitchcock said.

Mr Hitchcock said the current look of the skywalk would try to be maintained.

“There will be works over the next few months to enhance the ramp from the visitor centre to the bitumen paths,” Mr Hitchcock said.

New timber decking will also be installed on the Walk with the Birds path.

“That takes people into the canopy,” Mr Hitchcock said.

Over the next two months, the bitumen paths through the rainforest will be re-sheeted after the tumultuous weather earlier this year.

“It's fairly unique to have hard surface walking tracks,” Mr Hitchcock said.

Currently, Crystal Showers Falls are inaccessible after flooding earlier this year.

“We're undertaking planning to access the Falls again,” Mr Hitchcock said.

While the upgrades are happening, Mr Hitchcock said the visitor centre and rainforest access is 'certainly not closed'.

While it's early days, visitors are already providing feedback.

“Everyone is very happy with it,” Mr Hitchcock said.



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