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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

A view from Observation Point for Christmas

Batehaven’s popular lookout will be reopened to the public on Christmas Eve.

For several months, Observation Point has been closed for an upgrade that’s been co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, as well as funding from Council and community groups.

Eurobodalla Council crews will pack up tools and prepare to reopen the area to the public on Saturday 24 December, before returning in January for some finishing touches.

Project engineer George Workman said crews will return after the Christmas break to install more signage and extend the footpath to Observation Avenue.

“We will also asphalt the car park and change the existing turning area into parking,” Mr Workman said.

In the meantime, the lookout will be safe and ready to use as of this Saturday. Mr Workman was excited to see people enjoy the new viewing deck Council crews designed and built.

“It’s fully accessible with ramps and enough space to fit 100 people,” Mr Workman said.

“Later next year, we’ll be able to include Observation Point as a bookable venue for weddings or special occasions. It’s truly a spectacular spot; we can’t wait to see people soaking up the views and enjoying the different spaces.

“There’s seating, easy parking, plenty of shade and spots to enjoy the scenery from smaller viewing areas.”

Observation Point is the northern gateway to the 14.5km Coastal Headlands Walking Trail. The trail links headlands and beaches between Batehaven and McKenzies Beach via existing natural bush tracks.

Work was progressing along the coastal trail with the project to be completed by mid-2024.

Above: The new viewing platform will be ready to welcome visitors for the first time on Saturday 24 December.

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