Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Tender awarded for trail infrastructure upgrades at Nitmiluk National Park

Tender awarded for trail infrastructure upgrades at Nitmiluk National Park
September 26, 2018

The Northern Territory Government has advised that at $5.5 million tender to develop walking trails infrastructure in the Nitmiluk National Park Gorge has been awarded to GHD.

Part of the Northern Territory Government’s $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract visitors, the contract will see the creation of a new Nitmiluk Gorge Walk, linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct with the western edge of Butterfly Gorge.

Working closely with the Joint Management Board, Jawoyn Traditional Owners and park rangers, the GHD led design team will design boardwalks, bridges ramps, hand-rails and any other built infrastructure needed for an exciting but safe walk along and across the gorge escarpment  while collaborating with stakeholders to inform the design intent, which  is to align the walking trail linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct to Baruwei Lookout to allow mountain biking (MTB) to IMBA Green Circle Trail Difficulty Rating (TDR), where possible, creating a shared use MTB and walking trail utilising existing trails and management tracks where suitable.

GHD will also develop a shared-use trail linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct with Southern Rockhole, Pat’s Lookout and Jedda’s Rock and design shared-use visitor nodes at Baruwei Lookout, Pat’s Lookout and Jedda’s Rock accommodating both walkers and cyclists needs.

The design phase is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

In addition to the $5.5 million turbocharging investment, Nitmiluk National Park is undergoing important infrastructure works under a previous government $10 million package to upgrade, refresh and develop tourism infrastructure in the park that began in 2017/18.

The package includes:

• First Gorge jetty replacement and refurbishment of adjacent footbridge to improve the visitor experience - tender to be released in the next quarter 
• Construction of a slip-lane and carpark on the Gorge access road to support the development of a new cultural walk and Nitmiluk Tours Cultural Touring site - completed
• Replacement of a walkway between the first and second crossover on the ‘wet season’ side of Nitmuluk Gorge - final stages of installation
• Upgrade of 17 Mile Valley track including a new Katherine River crossing and stabilisation of 17 Mile Creek crossing to allow vehicle access to Biddlecombe Cascades, to support the development of a new overnight ‘glamping’ experience.

There is also the refurbishment of the adjacent day use and picnic area footprint being delivered as part of the Gorge Tourism Precinct Project. This project also includes a new masterplan, the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre upgrade and refurbishment, landscaping and a water play area.

Images: How the skywalk will look (top) and the Nitmiluk Gorge (below). Courtesy of the Northern Territory Government.

Related Articles

12th September 2018 - Tenders invited for $12 million Red Centre Adventure Ride

29th August 2018 - Glamping trial to begin in Victorian National Parks

21st August 2018 - Masterplan aims to reposition Jabiru as tourism and regional services hub

20th July 2018 - Watarrka National Park Joint Management Plan is now Operational

9th August 2017 - Australia’s great outdoors needs to be more accessible for nature-based tourism

29th September 2016 - 30 years ago this week, America fell in love with Crocodile Dundee and Kakadu

24th May 2016 - Northern Territory Government plans skywalk attraction at Nitmiluk Gorge

17th February 2016 - Northern Territory Government flags project funding under national tourism infrastructure program

10th February 2016 - Northern Territory tourism a ‘beacon’ for the economy

13th March 2015 - New tourism plan to open up remote indigenous areas in the Northern Territory

22nd March 2012 - New national park for Northern Territory


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

TRISLEYS HYDRAULIC SERVICES

Trisley's Hydraulic Services P/L (THS) are a specialised pool company dealing with all aspects of the commercial swimming pool industry, including the installation and servicing from the smallest…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Endeavour Turf Professionals Pty Ltd

ETP Turf is a leading Australian specialty agronomic turf consultancy that supply a wide range of services and solutions for the professional turf market, Councils and sporting facilities. Our range…

read more

Consultants / Environment / Golf / Recreation / Sport

 
 

INTELLIGENZ

Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GreeneDesk

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business