Castle Hill closure an opportunity to explore Townsville’s outdoor hidden gems

Castle Hill walkers are being encouraged to discover more of their backyard during the Hill’s yearly maintenance closure from Monday.

Mayor Troy Thompson said Castle Hill would be undergoing significant maintenance over the ten business days from Monday 27 May 2024.

“The iconic Castle Hill is a much-loved and well-used natural asset, with about 2,500 people walking the tracks and road every day, it needs some TLC,” Cr Thompson said.

“The works being conducted will include drain clearing, minor stormwater repairs, line marking restoration, road and footpath repairs.

“Council will also take advantage of the closure as an opportunity to test our new bushfire pipeline along the popular walking tracks, as well as conduct any environmental maintenance that may be required.”

Mayor Thompson said works were scheduled to commence on Monday 27 May 2024 and would take ten business days to complete, weather and project conditions permitting.

“While we appreciate people love Castle Hill, it’s critical our team gets this work done which is why Castle Hill Road and tracks will be closed to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from 6am – 4pm Monday – Friday for the next two weeks,” he said.

“Townsville is abundant with terrific opportunities to get out and be active, from tracks like Mount Louisa walking trail to the Strand, Ross River and our extensive active transport network. So, I encourage people to discover more of their own backyard in the weeks ahead.”

Sam Steadman from Outer Limits Adventure Fitness said with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville offered some world-class opportunities to get out and active.

“It is important Council complete the works so we can keep using our favourite hill, it is no reason to not get out and be active,” Steadman said.

“Places like Jacob’s Ladder and the connecting stairs are great, as well as the circuits around Jezzine, the Douglas JCU steps, and Pallarenda has some great trails open.

“We are very lucky with so many options close to the city, there is always somewhere for some exercise.”

Castle Hill Road and tracks will be closed to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from 6am – 4pm Monday – Friday from 27 May – 7 June 2024.

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