Lower Blue Mountains will have its first accessible bush trail



As part of a $ 2 million upgrade, the Lower Blue Mountains are expected to have a fully accessible bush trail from Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Track to Siding Lookout, opening up the area’s natural beauty and significant heritage features to more people.

Upgrading over two kilometers of low mountain hiking trails, including upgrades from the Lapstone Zig Zag walking trail to the pavement lookout, will begin later this year.

Construction of a new accessible trail following the historic Zig Zag Railroad to an improved Siding Lookout will provide views of the Nepean River and Cumberland Plain. Additional seating, interpretive signs, and accessible parking at the end of Knapsack Street are also included in the upgrade.

Blue Mountains City Council Mayor Mark Greenhill notes that “the scenic Eastern Escarpment is an important regional recreational space with over 16 km of bush trails, showcasing significant Indigenous and European heritage and diverse bushland.

“An accessible trail from Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Track to Siding Lookout is a milestone for our community, providing everyone with equal opportunity and access to enjoy the unique beauty of the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

“I encourage the community to see the final designs of the new accessible track and have a say in the surface finish of the path. It will not be white concrete, but a colored path that blends into the natural environment. The project team also examines the texture of the path, in accordance with accessibility standards.

The track will be closed to the public for safety reasons, during the works which are to start in November / December 2021.

Council will also improve the safety and amenities of a number of shared trails and walking trails, lookouts, steps and stairs in the Knapsack Preserve, including the Marges and Elizabeth Lookouts, Elizabeth Lookout to Knapsack Bridge, Margins Lookout to Lennox Bridge and Lovers Walk to Mitchells Pass.

Work on these is expected to start at various stages over the next six months with an expected completion date of September 2022.

These improvements are in line with the Eastern Escarpment Scenic Master Plan adopted by council in May 2018, after a year of extensive community consultations.

The project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20-year agreement between the governments of Australia and NSW, and the eight local councils of Western Parkland City.

For more information and to give your opinion on the road surface condition, visit yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/scenic-eastern-escarpment

Top of the image: artist impression of the improved gazebo of the siding; Image above: Mayor Mark Greenhill on the Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Trail.

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