Bridge to give rare view of waterfall

A NEW pedestrian suspension bridge is to be constructed on the iconic Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park.

Minister for Environment Climate Change and Water Frank Sartor said the government expected the bridge to be a major tourist drawcard, allowing visitors to see the falls and walk behind the curtain of water for a unique view of the World Heritage rainforest.

“The 50-metre bridge will re-establish a link to part of the walk closed by a landslide during severe storms in 2009,” he said.

“When completed later this year people will be able to walk from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre along the Wonga Walk where a short side- track will allow visitors to walk behind the waterfall.

“Dorrigo National Park is one of the region’s major tourist destinations.

“This park and others like it have helped boost the regional economy by $124 million and provided over 1900 jobs.

“Dorrigo National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area and is one of the most popular parks in northern NSW, receiving approximately 150,000 visitors each year.”

Many of these visitors take the Wonga Walk to experience the amazing views, rainforest and waterfalls that the park offers.

A New Zealand company with extensive experience in this type of construction has been awarded the tender for the design and construction of the new bridge.

Fact file

• Dorrigo National Park’s boardwalks make its rainforests on the edge of the Great Escarpment one of the most accessible World Heritage Areas.

• It was included in the World Heritage List in 1986 as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

• The 11,732 hectare park is one hour south west of Coffs Harbour and 90 minutes east of Armidale.

• Construction of the Crystal Showers Falls Bridge helps meet NSW State Plan to increase the number of visits to State Government parks by 20% by 2016.

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