Wollongong’s iconic Bald Hill reserve, which offers phenomenal views and features in the latest Qantas air safety video, has received a major facelift, with improved amenities and a reconfigured road access now officially open.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Bald Hill was so popular that more than 3000 people visiting the reserve during busy weeks.
“This is a significant site for hang-gliding and paragliding, with added international significance as the site of Lawrence Hargrave’s historic box kite experiments in November 1894,” Chester said.
“The works have involved replacing the old amenities, including a new coffee spot and viewing platform.
“The Australian Government is pleased to have contributed AUD 1 million under the Roads to Recovery program towards upgrading Otford Road and building a roundabout to provide safer access to the site.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, Gareth Ward said the NSW Government had provided AUD 2.9 million from the Illawarra Infrastructure Fund to enable this project to be delivered.
“This generous contribution means we have been able to deliver quality upgrades to these local amenities, highlighting the culture of the Illawarra, and making this location an attractive stop for locals and tourists to enjoy,” Ward said.
“Local artists have provided decorative pieces for the seating, the amenities building and the plaza area between car parks, which highlight the region’s indigenous history.
“This is just another example of how the Australian, NSW and local Governments are delivering more jobs, new opportunities and a greater standard of living for the Illawarra region.”
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the renewed and refreshed Bald Hill was a much more accessible site, with better car parking for buses and large vehicles, a new coffee spot, better seating, and new amenities.
“This site is even more welcoming and will enhance the experience of visitors as they take in the best view in the Illawarra, as well as providing better access to the Lawrence Hargrave memorial,” Bradbury added.
Edited by Peter Needham