New viewing platforms will be constructed for whale watching.
New viewing platforms will be constructed for whale watching. Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advoca

Work gets started on Woolgoolga’s Whale Trail

WORK has started on the initial stages of the planned Whale Trail extension of the Solitary Islands Coastal Path at Woolgoolga Headland.

"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," Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Denise Knight said.

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 seating.

Construction began today and is expected to be completed within a month, weather permitting.

Access to the sites will be temporarily restricted during construction.



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