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Mapleton Falls Lookout Now Open

24 March 2016

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Director, Sunshine and Fraser Coast Region, Geoff Brittingham, said the lookout had been closed since February 2015 due to damage caused by Cyclone Marcia.

“We are very happy to announce that the lookout will be re-opened in time for Easter,” Mr Brittingham said.

“The lookout is very popular with visitors and is important for the local tourism and business community.”

Mr Brittingham said Cyclone Marcia had caused very heavy rainfall on the Blackall Range as it passed over the Sunshine Coast, resulting in a landslip underneath the lookout’s foundations.

“During the closure, QPWS commissioned in-depth geotechnical assessments of the site and the structure to determine the best methods of repair, so that the highly-valued tourist attraction could be re-opened.

“QPWS engaged geo-engineering contractors to stabilise the cliff edges and modify the lookout to make it failsafe against any similar events in the future.

“It was a significant task, and we regretted closing the lookout, but visitor safety is our highest priority.

“While the national park remained open during the reconstruction work, it’s great that the lookout is back on the list of ‘must-sees’ while in the Sunshine Coast hinterland – and on the list in time for the Easter holidays,” Mr Brittingham said.

More information on Mapleton Falls National Park is available online.

Last updated
24 March 2016