Sky high anticipation for restored Alpine Walk
Thursday 1 March, 2012
Parks Victoria invites visitors to explore the restored Wallace Heritage Trail after flood recovery works to repair the 6.5km trail were completed.
The Alpine National Park was affected by a severe storm event in 2010 that damaged and destroyed roads and sections of the Wallace Heritage Trail. Ross Grant, Ranger in Charge, Bogong Management Unit said Parks Victoria invested $80,000 in flood repairs and improvement works.
“The flood recovery works to reinstate and improve the Wallace Heritage Trail will make a big difference to the walking experience in the Alpine National Park. Walking is a great way to explore the park, and engaging interpretive panels tell the story of our Aboriginal and European cultural heritage,” Ross said.
“We aimed to improve the visitors experience when completing the flood recovery works. From the initial design to the resurfacing work, we have built a comfortable and hard wearing track that we can protect from future storm events. Now it’s done, I invite everyone to come and explore this fascinating and historic part of Victoria’s alpine area.”
The flood recovery works compliment other work done over the last two years on the Bogong High Plains. The sealing of the Bogong High Plains Road to create the Bogong Alpine Way touring route, new information shelters, improvements to walking tracks and interpretive signs make this beautiful area accessible to all.
The Wallace Heritage Trail features Wallace Hut, (1889), the oldest surviving cattlemen’s hut, and Cope Hut (1929), originally a shelter for cross-country skiers. Wallace Hut is currently undergoing a full restoration which will retain its rustic charm and ensure its long term survival.
Access to the Heritage Trail is via Bogong High Plains Road, only 8 kilometres from Falls Creek Alpine Resort.
Flood recovery works continue in the Alpine National Park to repair and rebuild walking tracks, footbridges and roads.
For more information on the Alpine National Park visit Parks Victoria's website or call 13 1963.
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