The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have started construction on a new raised boardwalk at the northern end of Moonee Beach to improve access for all to the spectacular sandy shoreline, following a $180,000 investment from the NSW Government.
NPWS Manager Central Coast Area Steve Atkins said Moonee Beach, which borders the Central Coast-Lake Macquarie region in Munmorah State Conservation Area, is a secluded gem.
“Tucked away from the crowds, Moonee Beach is a kilometre-long escape from the hustle and bustle of life on the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie urban areas”, said Mr Atkins.
“Currently, the beach can only be accessed via a long, uneven, informal trail. By formalising the trail and installing a raised boardwalk, more visitors of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to spend the day visiting and exploring this beautiful spot.”
“The raised boardwalk will also help to protect the coastal heathland that surrounds the beach, as well as the threatened species that call the Munmorah State Conservation Area home, including the vulnerable squirrel glider and the wallum froglet,” said Mr Atkins.
Works have commenced on site and are expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions.
The informal access track at the north-eastern end of Hooey Street, Catherine Hill Bay will be temporarily closed during construction. An alternative access leading from the southern end of Hooey Street will be available to visitors.
Visitors to Moonee Beach are advised to check the NPWS website for updates.
These Moonee Beach access upgrades are part of the biggest visitor infrastructure investment in the history of NSW national parks, with the NSW Government investing $257 million to roll out 170 projects across the national parks estate.