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Suspension bridge and four footbridges included in foreshore trail

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A new 24m suspension bridge has been installed along a new-look lakeside walking track that has been lauded by a local community group.

The bridge was among several features added to the Lake Weyba Foreshore Walk, including four footbridges and wayfinding signs.

Bollards were also added to the trail, which has had some resurfacing.

Peregian Family and Friends members have walked the track and were full of praise.

“We didn’t pick the best time to walk the trail as, due to the recent rains, it was a little boggy in patches and required some alternative trail bypassing,” group secretary Mike Goss said.

“However, the trail is flat and easily navigated through the grasses and mangroves.

The suspension bridge at Lake Weyba.

“It was well worth the effort and on a sunny day would be excellent, particularly in the calm of early morning when the lake reflections are at their best.”

The walk is about 3.3km and consists of three legs including: from Charlotte Drive to Lakewood Drive, from Lakewood Drive to Barbara Road, and from Barbara Road to Annie Drive Park. The legs are located at trail heads, with sign-posted directions.

Mr Goss said there was plenty of wildlife on the walk.

“The trail hugs the lake side and the views over the water are magic,” he said.

Lake Weyba at sunset. Picture: Shutterstock.

“You are likely to run into some glossy black cockatoos or even some long-legged herons or egrets.

“Looking into the water’s edge you will no doubt see some of the hundreds of stingrays that call the lake their home.”

But it’s the suspension bridge across Horseman Creek that commands attention.

“The suspension bridge is excellent,” Mr Goss said.

“It is strong and well constructed, and it provides a unique experience for those who have never crossed one.”

“We recommend a visit to the trail once the weather clears up and we thank the Sunshine Coast Council for making this available and enabling us to enjoy such a close experience with our local, and unspoiled environment.”

A council spokesperson said council had made existing trails at Lake Weyba more accessible by installing the bridges.

“Improvement works also included three wayfinding signs, 25 wayfinding bollards and resurfacing 1km of the fire trail,” they said.

There are three sections in the Lake Weyba foreshore trail.

The trail is rated No.4 on the national grading system.

“These are longer, rougher, steeper trails that are not always well signposted or provide a clear track,” the spokesperson said.

“Grade 4 trails are for experienced bushwalkers.

“The trail is subject to seasonal inundation and tides.

“Dogs must be on a leash and all infrastructure is designed for pedestrians only.”

To get to the Lake Weyba Foreshore Walk, head to Weyba Downs via the Eumarella Road exit. Follow Eumarella Road to the end where it meets Lake Weyba Drive. Start the walk along the foreshore heading south. There is a trailhead sign and parking on the lake at the end of Charlotte Drive.

Alternatively, the trail can be accessed from the end of Charlotte Drive, Lakewood Drive or Annie Drive Park.

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