8 million steps at Sailors Falls – paw to come
Thursday 9 August, 2018
More than 8 million steps have been walked on the new Sailors Falls staircase since its opening in August last year, a figure likely to multiply following some dog-friendly works.
This month, Parks Victoria installed a non-slip walking strip to make the walk easier for dogs and their owners. It’s hoped that the addition will encourage even more people to visit the spectacular spot and to keep active during the cooler months.
An ever-growing body of research confirms that the time we spend connecting with nature has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. And, contrary to common belief, you can’t catch a cold from the weather, whereas being active is a great way to stay healthy during winter.
Hepburn Regional Park, Macedon Regional Park and Creswick Regional Park offer a variety of nearby walking options, with dogs permitted on-leash in all areas.
The Sailors Falls staircase was opened in August 2017 following a $430,000 investment by Parks Victoria and the Victorian Mineral Water Committee. Since then, its traffic counter has recorded more than 31,000 trips up-and-down the 130-step staircase.
The staircase takes visitors from the Sailors Falls picnic area and mineral springs pump down to the base of the falls, where it connects with a short loop walk and the greater Goldfields Track which runs for 210 kilometres between Ballarat and Bendigo.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, Ranger Team Leader, Kyra Winduss:
“We’re delighted to see so many visitors getting their heart-rate going by taking the trip up-and-down the staircase at Sailors Falls.”
“With easier access for dog-walkers, we now hope to see plenty more people getting out into nature, especially in winter, when the region takes on a new array of colours and there’s lots of water moving through Sailors Falls.”
“Being outside is great for your health and wellbeing – especially with a four-legged friend – so I encourage people to get out into their local park and reap the health benefits that nature provides.”
Media enquiriesJosh Maher
0448 373 986
Parks Victoria media centre