Fig Tree Point camping and day-use area has received a make-over.
Fig Tree Point camping and day-use area has received a make-over.

Great Sandy National Park a real gem after facelift

FIG Tree Point camping and day-use area in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park is generating plenty of smiles from visitors after a $200,000 makeover.

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the facelift of the camping area, located between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach and surrounded by an extraordinary lake, was completed in time for the summer holidays.

"Eight tables and bench seats made from recycled timber, turfed campsites, new amenities and an improved 500 metre walking track make Fig Tree Point a great spot for adventurers and holidaymakers," Dr Miles said.

"Whether you're overnighting, or stopping in for the day, it is a fantastic place to enjoy nature and I know it is especially popular with kayakers.

"The redevelopment has been a year in the making, and while a simplistic concept, we have ensured the camping and day-use area blend into the natural surrounding vegetation.

"Once visitors enter the camping and day-use area, they will not be guided by bollards, but by natural features such as rock, vegetation and logs.

"The 500 metre Melaleuca circuit walk, which gives visitors a taste of bush walking experience, has been upgraded to a stone walk.

"Against the backdrop of the Upper Noosa river and Fig Tree lake, the improvements have turned this area into a real gem for local tourism."   

Dr Miles said the project, which was funded by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, had been well received by visitors who accessed the upper Noosa River via boats and kayaks.

"I congratulate the rangers and volunteers who made this happen in time for the school holidays," Dr Miles said.

"This part of Queensland is truly breathtaking and it is no surprise why campers and visitors flock to this area.

"The long beaches, tranquil waterways, wildflower heaths, freshwater lakes, woodlands and forests make Cooloola a popular holiday destination and a vital refuge for coastal wildlife."

For more information about Fig Tree Point camping and day-use area, visit http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/camping.html#fig_tree_point_camping_and  

Gympie Times


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