Bush to beach—final piece in place for walking track
04 August 2016
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Gilmore
Australia's latest outdoor attraction is now open with the completion of the final stage that links a 55 kilometre walking track taking people on a journey through some of the country's most pristine natural landscapes.
The ‘Round the Bay’ walking track winds around Jervis Bay and its surrounds, offering people of all abilities million dollar views of the crystal waters of the New South Wales south coast, from the sanctuary of Australian bushland.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the path encouraged tourists and local communities to enjoy the natural vistas of the Bay, and will enable them to take in the environment like never before.
“This part of the New South Wales south coast is world renowned for its unspoilt white sandy beaches emerging from traditional Australian bushland. The Round the Bay Walk is certain to become one of those must-do activities for walking enthusiasts both domestically and around the globe, bringing further economic benefits to the region,” Minister Nash said.
“This is another outstanding example of the Coalition Government investing in regional community and sports infrastructure projects across the nation through the Community Development Grants Programme.”
The final section of the walking track, which contains shared user pathways, bridges, and trails, officially opened to users this week, thanks to the completion of the Orion Beach Shared User Path project in Vincentia, at the southern end of the walk.
Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, attended the opening today and said the Orion Beach project linked existing and future pathway connections in the Jervis Bay area.
“All local residents and visitors will be able to use the new shared user pathway as it is 2.5 metres wide and suitable for families with prams and wheelchairs,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“Walking is the most popular sports activity for Australians and bushwalking is becoming more popular, so I'm excited to be able to deliver another walking trail to the Jervis Bay area.
“Along with regular users, we know there is a proportion of visitors who stay in the area for a day or so to see the beaches and National Park. What we are hoping to see with this development is the attraction of staying three and four days in the region to undertake the entire walk,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“I also expect this track to attract plenty of artists looking for inspiration from the spectacular natural setting.”
The completed project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($450,000), the NSW Government ($25,000) and the Shoalhaven City Council ($853,731).