The Nut State Reserve at Stanley in Tasmania’s North-West is an iconic tourism feature and recreation destination for locals. As part of a package of improvements at the site, construction of the Godfreys Beach penguin viewing is now under way.
The Tourism Infrastructure in Parks project has funded $75,000 for project planning, while the Tasmanian Government has provided an additional $450,000 over the next two years under the ‘Taking our National Parks to the next level’ initiative. This is the first stage of improving the visitor experience and presentation of this important State Reserve for the coming years.
The project includes improved circulation and parking for vehicles, a new penguin viewing platform, new toilets, and signage. The viewing platform will be a valuable tourist drawcard and also help to minimise disturbance to the penguins.
The works will be constructed in a manner to protect penguin nesting habitat, providing visitors with an incredible viewing experience on the beach via an elevated boardwalk.
Local company AJR Construct is undertaking the construction works and is experienced at building in environmentally-sensitive reserved land, having re-built the Lillico penguin viewing platform in 2017.
The site is closed during construction and is expected to be complete in mid-October.