The stunning beauty of Bald Rock National Park in New South Wales, Australia has become more accessible, thanks to the completion of an AU$800,000 upgrade to its Bald Rock walking track.
The upgrade will allow all members of the community, including those with limited mobility and those using wheelchairs, to enjoy this magnificent geological site, according to a news release.
Dirk Richards, principal project officer at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), spoke about the upgrade and the importance of making national parks accessible to all.
“The water-streaked dome of Bald Rock rises over 200 meters above the landscape and is the largest exposed granite rock in Australia,” said Richards.
“Unfortunately, the previous track leading to the base of the rock was severely damaged during the 2019-20 bushfires, with parts of the bitumen track melting from the intense heat and impacted by fallen trees.”
Over the past eight months, sections of the 450-meter walking track were realigned and widened, and the entire track was resurfaced to make it wheelchair-accessible and wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass each other comfortably.
In addition, a small picnic area with shelter and seating was built at the base of the rock, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy a picnic while admiring the breathtaking monolith or waiting for friends and family who have climbed to the summit.
The Bungoona walking track, which also leads to the top of Bald Rock, has also undergone upgrades in various sections over the past 18 months following damage from the 2019-20 bushfires.
For those who wish to extend their stay, Bald Rock campground and picnic area offer 13 peaceful bush campsites, picnic tables, toilets, and barbecue facilities.
Visitors to NSW national parks contribute over AU$73 million annually to the northern New England high country economy and generate more than 400 direct and indirect jobs for the region each year.
The AU$800,000 upgrade project was funded through the NSW Government’s largest investment in national parks history, with AU$450 million earmarked for over 200 visitor infrastructure projects.
Before going, visitors are encouraged to check the NPWS website for up-to-date information on any track or precinct closures at https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/bald-rock-national-park.