Issued: 22 Apr 2022
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is reminding visitors to obey all temporary closures for their own safety, as rangers ramp up recovery efforts in Burleigh Head National Park following the severe rainfall and floods in February.
Over the next month, rangers and contractors will be undertaking extensive remediation works along the popular Oceanview Track within the park, to repair damage resulting from the recent Southeast Queensland floods and severe rainfall.
As a result of the heavy rain, two landslips occurred on the northeast ridge of the park, causing severe damage to the walking track.
Rangers immediately closed the path and have been carrying out emergency recovery and clean-up efforts.
Following a geotechnical assessment of the area, scaling work can now begin to remove unstable and displaced rocks from above and across the track.
While the scaling works are ongoing, boulders, rocks and other debris will roll down the slope before being removed, which means staying away from the track is absolutely critical.
QPWS is reminding visitors that temporary closures are put in place for a reason, namely to protect the public.
Entering a closed area not only poses a risk to your safety but can also cause further damage which may result in additional delays to the re-opening of the track.
Works are expected to be finalised by late May, depending on the weather.
Landslips can occur following wet weather events, and rangers will continue to monitor, and respond to, any potential hazards within national parks resulting from the severe rainfall and floods.
While works continue along the Oceanview Track, visitors are encouraged to explore some of the other pristine parks and eco experiences that the Gold Coast Hinterland has to offer from Gwongorella (Purling Brook Falls), Tamborine National Park, to the Binna Burra and Green Mountains sections of Lamington National Park.
Members of the public are urged check Park Alerts before visiting a national park.