The tender to design the new Gorge walk as part of Governments $5.5 million investment in the Park closed in August 2018, with the successful tenderer awarded in September 2018 to GHD. This tender will deliver stage 1 of the new walking trail along Nitmiluk Gorge.
Working closely with the Joint Management Board, Jawoyn Traditional Owners and park rangers, the GHD led design team will:
- create a new Nitmiluk Gorge Walk, linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct with the western edge of Butterfly Gorge
- design boardwalks, bridges ramps, hand-rails and any other built infrastructure needed for an exciting but safe walk along and across the gorge escarpment
- collaborate with stakeholders to inform the design intent, which is to align the walking trail linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct to Baruwei Lookout to allow mountain biking (MTB) to IMBA Green Circle Trail Difficulty Rating (TDR), where possible, creating a shared use MTB and walking trail utilising existing trails and management tracks where suitable.
Similarly for a shared-use trail linking the Gorge Tourist Precinct with Southern Rockhole, Pat’s Lookout and Jedda’s Rock.
Design shared-use visitor nodes at Baruwei Lookout, Pat’s Lookout and Jedda’s Rock accommodating both walkers and cyclist’s needs.
- Tender to design the new Gorge walk awarded to GHD. Feasibility study Complete. Design expected early next year.
- Katherine river crossing and stabilisation of 17 Mile Creek crossing to allow vehicle access to Biddlecombe Cascades complete, this will support the proposed Jawoyn glamping experience project.
- First Gorge jetty replacement and refurbishment of adjacent footbridge to support visitor access, flows and use scheduled completion in 2019.
- Redesign of the interior and exterior of the 20 year old Nitmiluk Visitor Centre underway.
- New cultural walk providing year-round access to an art site and seasonal swimming opportunities near the park entry at the Gorge scheduled to commence March 2019, with carpark and slip-lane works complete.