Bayview Trail Development

23 July 2017 | Trails

Redland City Council has recently commenced a $1.3 m upgrade of facilities in the Bayview Conservation Area. Much of the work will be focused on upgrading the day use area at German Church Road. As this area has served as the race base for the Bayview Blast, the improved facilities will be extremely welcome. The completed day use area will be a multi-purpose, family-friendly outdoor recreational destination for residents and visitors. Works will include:

  • Sealed dual-lane entry and exit off German Church Road
  • New secondary loop road access to German Church Road (for use during outdoor community events only)
  • Sealed car park area
  • Horse float parking area
  • Toilets
  • Water and power connections
  • Large covered BBQ area
  • Picnic tables and additional seating
  • Horse and bike station areas
  • Bike wash-down area
  • Mountain bike skills area
  • Improved signage

In good news for mountain bikers, work will also include trail improvements and new trail construction:

  • A short new all-abilities access trail near the dam leading into the day use area
  • A new 2.7 km shared use trail (MTB and walking; Pick-Up Sticks) from Bird Cage to the start of IO
  • Repair of IO trail
  • A new 3.5 km trail (Whispering Woods) from the north end of IO to Benson and Binkley
  • A new connecting trail from Shark Tail to IO
  • Other multi-use fire trails (MTB, walkers and horses) to meet fire management needs but also to add to the system for horse riders

Works will take place Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. Council asks for patience during the works and that for safety reasons those accessing the Bayview Conservation Area during this time follow site signage and Council officers’ instructions.

During construction:

  • Existing recreational trails will remain open unless sign-posted otherwise; however some access points will change
  • The current vehicle access trail to the reserve off German Church Road will be closed
  • An alternative entry to the trails from German Church Road will be available and sign-posted. Ample parking is available outside the reserve entry gate on German Church Road
  • Wolf Peach and Sorceress trails will remain open, but will be redirected at the western end to avoid the construction area
  • Days Road, Kidd Street and Teviot Street entries to trails will not be affected. There is limited parking in these locations, so trail users accessing Bayview Conservation Area through these points should ensure driveways to neighbouring properties are kept clear

A copy of Redland City Council’s Bayview Conservation Area Trails Facility Concept and Development Plan is available here and outlines the Council’s longer-term plans for the park. Weather permitting, the current work is expected to be complete by March 2018.