One of Australia’s most popular hiking trails – attracting a million visitors a year – has been closed indefinitely after wild weather caused landslides
- Oceanview Walking Track in South East Queensland is closed due to landslides
- Offers views of the Gold Coast skyline and is used by one million visitors every year
- Path blocked by the slip during last month’s heavy rains
- An engineer has been contracted to assess the damage near the track’s north gate
A popular Australian hiking trail has been closed indefinitely after last month’s wild weather.
The Oceanview Walking Track – which cuts through Burleigh Head National Park on the Gold Coast in southeast Queensland and offers skyline views – was closed by authorities in late March after two landslides.
More than a million visitors use the track annually, but Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science said the route was now unsafe for walkers.
The landslides came as the region was hit by life-threatening rainfall, with parts of southeastern Queensland receiving more than 500mm of rain in two days.
Pictured is one of one million annual visitors to the iconic Oceanview Walking Track in Burleigh Head National Park in south-east Queensland. The track has been closed indefinitely after it was damaged by landslides
The path was blocked by the landslides at the north weather gate when the path was already closed due to heavy rainfall.
Pieces of the railing have been damaged in the landslides and further assessments of slope stability and any damage to the track are taking place this week, a department spokesman said.
“The landslide site remains unstable, with the possibility of more soil and boulders ending up on the trail.”
A geotechnical engineer has been contracted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to assess the damage.
“The track will remain closed until it is deemed safe to open by the engineer and QPWS,” said a department spokesperson.
“For their safety, visitors are asked to observe all signage, barriers and directions from park rangers and not to enter enclosed areas.”
The Rainforest Track – which runs north of the Oceanview Walking Track and has a scenic vantage point – remains open to the public.
The course offers distant views of the Gold Coast skyline. Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science said the route was now unsafe for hikers after it was damaged by the landslides
Pictured: Burleigh Heads coastline. Hikers can still use the Rainforest Track that runs north of the Oceanview track
The Oceanview trail is 1.2km long and runs along the coastline through grasslands, coastal heather and mangroves from the southern edge of Burleigh Heads to Tallebudgera Creek.
Authorities have regularly closed the track after heavy rainfall.
In 2015, engineers removed 70 boulders from the top of the headland that were at risk of falling onto the underlying track.