Blowhole to re-open mid-year
Friday 31 January, 2020
$250,000 works to commence in Hepburn Regional Park
Construction of new visitor access trails and a viewing area at the ‘Blowhole’ in Hepburn Regional Park will commence next month.
Once complete, the $250,000 project will offer visitors a new experience of the old goldminer’s tunnel which produces an impressive spout of water when the Sailors Creek water level is high.
A popular spot in the regional park and located along the Goldfields Track, the Blowhole was damaged during a severe rainfall and flooding event in 2016. Subsequent geotechnical assessments indicated that the existing visitor areas were no longer safe and would continue to deteriorate.
The works at the Blowhole are expected to take approximately three months. During this time, closures at the site will remain while there will also be some temporary access restrictions, including to the entry road and Blowhole carpark, the Spur Loop walk and the Diggings Walk. At times, some noise from the works may also be audible to nearby residents.
During December, Park Rangers held an information session at the Blowhole to provide the local community with an update on the planned works.
Subject to weather and site conditions, Parks Victoria expects the Blowhole project to be completed by the middle of the year.
Quotes attributable to Siobhan Rogan, Area Chief Ranger–Parks Victoria:
“We’re excited to be on the cusp of construction after what has been a significant period of assessment and planning on this tricky terrain.”
“I appreciate the community’s patience during this time and look forward to seeing people again enjoying this wonderful part of the Hepburn Regional Park.”
Quotes attributable to Steve Roe, CEO– Daylesford Macedon Tourism:
“It's wonderful to work with such a progressive and dynamic team within Parks Victoria and I congratulate them on their vision for this fantastic visitor highlight.”
“Continued enhancement of the exceptional range of nature-based tourism assets in the region is key to our strategic approach to tourism.”
"Our region is known as a destination that enhances your wellbeing and immersion in nature is key to this.”