Improving tourism assets at Heritage Landing
The iconic Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Gordon River cruise tourism experience is set for a major upgrade with facilities at Heritage Landing to be upgraded.
The $800,000 project is funded by the Tourism Infrastructure Fund which is helping to maintain and enhance visitor experiences so that parks can reach their full tourism potential.
The Gordon River cruise is the major drawcard for visitors to the West Coast and Strahan, with 77,000 people enjoying a Gordon River cruise in 2016.
The rainforest walkway was built by the Parks and Wildlife Service in 1989 and is a highlight of the Gordon River cruise experience as visitors are able to have a firsthand experience of the dense rainforest.
As part of the project, the two jetties will be refurbished; a small one and the larger cruise boat jetty. On land, the entire boardwalk will be rebuilt as a wider path accessible for mobility-impaired visitors. There will be more seating and interpretation will also be upgraded.
Devonport company AJR Construct was selected to carry out the upgrade following a public tender process. AJR has proven its ability to undertake construction work in a sensitive national park environment and at remote locations. They built the Munro cabin complex on the award-winning Three Capes Track, and more recently, replaced the pedestrian bridge on the Enchanted Nature Walk at Cradle Mountain.
The Heritage Landing project will provide employment for 5-8 people and will be another challenging program as all material has to be delivered by boat and workers will live on-site for 10 day shifts.
Work is expected to be complete by early winter. Visitors will still be able to access the site during construction.