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Grand Canyon temporary closure during upgrade

Tuesday 18 August, 2015

Visitors to the Grampians National Park will be able to enjoy a stunning new experience of a favourite walk, after track upgrades at the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon will be closed for works from Monday 3 August with the upgrade expected to be completed, depending on weather and construction challenges, in October 2015.

"Visitors wishing to walk to the Pinnacle can still do so," said Parks Victoria Program Manager Claire Evans.

"The Grand Canyon is just one way to get there and we invite visitors to enjoy a different walking experience on the way to the Pinnacle. You can start from Sundial Carpark. Otherwise, choose the high road from Wonderland Carpark to enjoy breathtaking views of rugged escarpments and soaring peaks."

The Grand Canyon upgrade will see two new sections of handrails and one foot bridge, rock works, track realignments and four stone crossings replacing many sections of aging handrails and old boardwalks. Works will be conducted by specialized contractors and overseen by Parks Victoria.

Parks Victoria project manager Claire Evans said, “The whole thing will look fantastic. The stainless steel handrail and footbridge will mirror the contours of the canyon.  The rockwork is truly innovative and will look beautiful. It will fit better with the environment, is more sustainable and will greatly reduce maintenance, which helps to keep the track open.

"Visitors will enjoy new physical and sensory experiences, with natural materials replacing manufactured materials in most areas. Much of the track will be more level and user-friendly while retaining the feeling of adventure and challenge so beloved by walkers."

Ms Evans is encouraging people to come and see for themselves how innovative and creative the upgrades will be, and invites even old fans to try to spot where new works begin.

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0417 228 525

Parks Victoria media centre

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