Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Ebor Falls, one of New England’s most scenic and beloved natural attractions, will welcome back visitors on Saturday 4 May, as the visitor precinct officially re-opens after a $5.5 million upgrade.

Visitors and locals are invited to attend the re-opening celebration to take in the incredible amount of work that has been done to make the area in Guy Fawkes River National Park more accessible and spectacular.

“These renovations demonstrate our commitment to creating world-class lookouts and walking tracks that open up our national parks for everyone to enjoy.” said National Parks and Wildlife Services Assistant Director, Mr John Whittall.

“We are so pleased that this second stage of upgrades is now complete, and we invite everyone to join us on Saturday 4th May to celebrate the reopening of this iconic New England destination.”

Ebor Falls is visited by around 140,000 people each year and is one of Australia’s most scenic multi-step waterfalls. The iconic natural attraction, nestled within Guy Fawkes River National Park, has received a transformative upgrade following significant damage caused by the 2019–20 bushfires.

The driving force behind this massive renovation was the desire to rebuild fire-impacted infrastructure in a way that made it accessible to as many people as possible, including those who have limited mobility.

The first stage of the project, the Upper Falls precinct, was fast-tracked to ensure it was open to the public in December 2023.

New wheelchair-accessible pathways have been constructed throughout the precinct, linking the viewing platforms with an expanded an upgraded car park.

The car park can now accommodate 25 vehicles, including 2 dedicated disabled parking bays, as well as designated spaces for caravans, trailers, and motorhomes.

The precinct’s visitor amenities have also been upgraded, with flushing toilets and 3 new picnic shelters equipped with gas barbecues available on site, providing a comfortable setting for families and friends to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.

Ebor’s Tourism and Development Association played a significant role in developing the concept designs for the upgrade. The 700-metre Ebor Village Walking Track has been resurfaced, allowing visitors to stroll from the Upper Falls Visitor Precinct to the charming Ebor township and back.

Since completion of the Upper Falls stage, two new lookout platforms, picnic shelters and visitor amenities have been installed at the Lower Falls.

The work is part of the NSW Government’s investment in national park visitor infrastructure to meet increased demand for our national parks which are a key driver of the visitor economy, generating $18 billion in economic activity each year and supporting over 74,000 jobs.

The grand re-opening of the visitor precinct will be held at Ebor Falls on Saturday 4 May 2024, from 10am.

Refreshments will be provided, and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff will be on hand to talk about the area and tour the facilities.

This is a free event. Please RSVP to npws.ntab@environment.nsw.gov.au

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