The re-opening of the road after nearly a decade of campaigning by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and a small group of passionate locals to the State and Federal governments was seen as a major victory for those involved.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority collaborated with the Kirrama Range Road support group, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to see the road re-opened.
Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Andrew Maclean, said the re-opening of the road was the result of a passionate community who deeply values the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
“Council and community support and an appreciation of a World Heritage Area in our backyard was the driving force behind the re-opening of the Kirrama Range Road.
“The Kirrama Range Road offers an opportunity to explore the southern end of the World Heritage Area and visit some of the area’s most scenic natural wonders. Through interpretive signs and a new boardwalk, visitors will learn about the cultural and historical importance of the Kirrama Range Road and the settlement of Society Flat that shaped the region.
“The Wet Tropics Management Authority was excited at the opportunity to contribute to the re-opening of the range road that links our two world heritage areas – the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Maclean added.
The Kirrama Range Road begins near Kennedy in the Girringun National Park and winds its way through impressive World Heritage rainforest and eucalypt woodland, passing waterfalls and offering breathtaking views from the top of the range.
The road leads to Blencoe Falls where visitors can stop for a picnic or stay a few days in the Blencoe Creek campground.