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Mayor confident Mt Archer can rival Townsville's Castle Hill

Walking on Mt Archer
Walking on Mt Archer Frazer Pearce

MARGARET Strelow wants to see the appeal of Mount Archer scale new heights.

The Rockhampton region mayor says the time is right for the towering mountain, which provides a dramatic backdrop to the city, to reach its full potential.

She is confident it can rival the tourist allure of Castle Hill, the granite monolith which stands in the heart of Townsville.

"Rockhampton often keeps its greatest assets secret," she said.

"I think it's time to sell Mt Archer to the world."

What readers would like to see developed on Mt Archer to help sell it as a tourist destination:

Cr Strelow said the council would develop a master plan for Mount Archer, with a view to promoting the mountain as nature's great gymnasium.

"It is a brilliant asset. You could spend a fortune trying to build something with the same attributes as that," she said.

"It's an amazing opportunity - we've got a beautiful mountain, fabulous lookouts and people wanting to walk it.

"We need to embrace that. We need to make it easier for people to be safe when they're walking up the mountain and we need to make sure there's facilities at the top that meet their needs."

The council manages Fraser Park on Mount Archer's summit, which has a 500m wheelchair- accessible circuit past two lookouts, toilets, barbecue facilities and picnic tables.

Cr Strelow wants to see seating and water fountains installed on the existing walking tracks and roads widened to make walking safer.

She wants the defunct kiosk revived and ultimately, she would like to see a destination restaurant on the summit.

Cr Strelow said any development would be mindful of residents living on Mount Archer.

TAKE A WALK

Walks within Fraser Park

Walking Track Circuit: Easy, 500m circuit, allow 20 minutes

Bracken Fern Way: Easy, 1.4km return, allow 45 minutes

Walks within the national park

Sleipner Lookout Walk: Moderate, 2.4km return, allow one hour

Zamia Walk: Difficult, 14km one-way, allow up to 5 hours

MIGHTY MOUNT

Mount Archer National Park protects bushland remnants in the Berserker Ranges.

At 604m above sea level, Mount Archer is the highest peak and provides spectacular views of the city and surrounding ranges.

The park covers 4250ha of open forest and woodland communities dominated by eucalypts, with a large pocket of dry rainforest in the deeply incised Moores Creek valley. The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value.

Named in honour of the Archer brothers who explored the Fitzroy area, it is part of the Darumbal Aboriginal people's traditional country.

Topics:  mt archer, rockhampton regional council




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