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New Bunya Mountains Outlook a boost for tourism

20 June 2018

One of the Bunya Mountains best kept secrets the JS Fisher lookout is about to become everyone's favourite spot.

One of the Bunya Mountains best kept secrets the JS Fisher lookout is about to become everyone’s favourite spot.

Visitors to the Bunya Mountains will be able to enjoy scenic views of the Western Downs with an upgrade to the JS Fisher Lookout at Mount Mowbullan planned for the 2018/19 financial year.

In this year’s Budget Western Downs Regional Council is placing the spotlight on enhancing cultural and tourism experiences in the region from parks and gardens, swimming pools, community halls and sports and recreational grounds.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said among the key projects is a $600,000 commitment to beautify the popular Bunya Mountains outlook.

“We’re very lucky to have one of Australia’s ancient rainforests in our backyard here on the Western Downs,” she said.

“As it is now, the JS Fisher Lookout is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stop on the way to the main recreational grounds of the National Park, but it offers some of the most spectacular views of our region so this revamp will give visitors a great place to stop and take in those amazing views.”

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the revamped JS Fisher Lookout would act as the region’s gateway to the Bunya Mountains and the very first views tourists experience on their drive.

“The Bunya Mountain is a popular destination and by June 2019 visitors and locals will have an upgraded space to experience this ancient rainforest in all her glory,” she said.

JS Fisher Lookout Gateway Project will include a new shelter, seating, decking, history signage and pathways to link to the car parking area.

Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre Manager Sue Unwin said the lookout was an important part of the tourism and business operations at the Bunya Mountains.

“Our visitors to the Bunyas love the amazing Western Downs views by day and the stars by night — a special treat is watching the sunsets from the lookout and then wandering down Bunya Mountains Road to see the fireflies flashing against the rainforest,” she said.

“We have great occupancy in our holiday homes and chalets and it’s always wonderful to see people from across Australia breathing our wonderful mountain air and the locals coming up for a little getaway,” she said.

“We love the reviews from our visitors of how wonderful the Mountains are so it’s great that Council will be giving them even more opportunities to stop and enjoy them from JS Fisher Lookout.”

The JS Fisher Lookout Gateway Project is a joint initiative of Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government through the Works for Queensland Program.

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