What a view

The new observation deck at Point Perry offers panoramic views of our spectacular coastline. Photo: scw897c/Mike Garry
The new observation deck at Point Perry offers panoramic views of our spectacular coastline. Photo: scw897c/Mike Garry

Coolum threw down the challenge for the title of the Coast’s best view with the opening last Friday of a new $155,000 observation deck at Point Perry.

The large timber deck, which has been cantilevered over the edge of the point to provide an exhilarating closeness to nature, offers majestic views north to Noosa and south to Point Arkwright, overlooking Coolum’s three picturesque bays.

The opening of the deck completes the latest stage of an ongoing beautification project that began in 2000 with a proposal to build a 370-metre boardwalk from the township to Point Perry.

The boardwalk was completed in 2003.

The point has long been a popular spot for weddings but the new deck is sure to see an increase in demand.

John Colledge and Tracy Walker have already booked in their August 23 wedding at the new deck.

Tracy used to live in Coolum and one of their first dates nearly five years ago was at Point Perry.

“This is the spot that’s closest to our hearts,” John said.

In opening the deck, Sunshine Coast councillor Vivien Griffin paid tribute to the contributions of former Maroochy Shire councillor Bruce Dunne and the Coolum Cliffs Boardwalk committee.

But Mr Dunne said the committee had been the driving force behind the whole project.

Committee chairman Dave Simons and his wife Val had worked “full-time, tirelessly for years” on the boardwalk project, Mr Dunne said.

The former councillor hopes the original plan to continue the project – with a combination of boardwalks and bushwalks – to Point Arkwright will be honoured by the new council.

Ms Griffin said she was keen for the boardwalk master plan to be completed.

“The rest of it is not so much in major capital works, but it is just completing the walkways along the cliff face, so we certainly want to encourage that,” she said.

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