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Townsville North Queensland landmark lookout upgrade approved for drilling

Townsville North Queensland Castle Hill Lookout

Townsville Castle Hill lookout upgrade

Townsville North Queensland’s iconic Castle Hill lookout has been given approval by the Townsville City Council to be upgraded in order to accommodate the growing number of tourists and locals using the historical landmark.

In the local council’s announcement, Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the aim of the project is to improve access to the lookout and summit tracks and cater to the increasing amounts of visitors to Castle Hill.

For property enthusiasts and investors, Castle Hill is arguably the most prestigious suburb in Townsville because of its views over the Great Barrier Reef and proximity to the city centre. With such valuable livability features, the suburb, therefore, demands the highest median price of all suburbs in the greater Townsville area of nearly $1 million.

Naturform, a South-east Queensland based building company specialising in landscape construction with operations in Victoria and North Queensland, has been awarded the contract to carry out the upgrade.

The company’s Townsville office is located in McIlWraith Street in South Townsville. Also, the business is a preferred supplier for councils and state government departments across Queensland.

Over the past couple of years, the company also worked on upgrade works to Jezzine Barracks, amenities and picnic areas worth $635,200, the Civic Theatre Major Refurbishment landscaping valued at $416,500 and the Townsville Regional Boating Park landscaping valued at $243,240.

The Castle Hill lookout upgrade project, which includes walking tracks and the lookout area, has a budget of $540,450 and is expected to be completed by June 2018.

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The State government has granted the project $175,000 through the Department of Main Roads and Transport, and the Works for Queensland initiate.

“The work is quite specialised, upgrading the barriers and rails means drilling into the rock face”, Mr Molachino said.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said these improvements would complement the track upgrades done with help from the Works for Queensland funding.

“Council is committed to upgrading the city’s most loved spaces and with the help of the Queensland Government we have been able to do that with Castle Hill,” Cr Greaney said.

“This project will make Castle Hill even better for the thousands of people who walk up there every day.”

Castle Hill is a popular attraction for tourists, health and recreation users.

Of the nearly 1500 reviews about the Castle Hill lookout on Trip Advisor, sixty-six percent rate the attraction experience excellent.  Thirty percent say the attraction is very good while only three percent said it was average, poor or terrible.

Castle Hill is 286 metres above sea level. A visiting British tourist to Townsville said, “There is a road and carpark at the top but if you walk up you get so much more satisfaction when you finally reach the top and see the amazing views! I went late afternoon and loved watching the sunset over Townsville and Magnetic Island. This is a must do!”

The landmark was named in 1864 by early explorers. Before European settlement, the place was named Cootharinga by local aboriginal people.

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