Oxley Hwy Arboreal/Tunnel Crossings, Thrumster, NSW, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 31° 27.860 E 152° 50.485
56J E 484934 N 6518925
Quick Description: Not too far from the Pacific Highway round-about Oxley Highway entrance to Port Macquarie is a rope Arboreal Crossing; and a tunnel under the highway.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 10/19/2018 9:55:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMZCJ5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
Views: 6

Long Description:
Over and above a newish section of the dual-lane, divided Oxley Highway, between 'the Big Roundabout' of the Pacific Highway, and John Oxley Drive is a cable/rope suspension bridge that crosses the four lanes, for the use of arboreal marsupials. [Although, over a year ago I saw it put to another use, by local pranksters - see photo from 2017!] About three kilometres of the highway is completely fenced, with areas on the 'bush side' having obstacles to direct the animals to the crossings.

This section of the Oxley Highway (south of Thrumster, an outer 'suburb' of Port Macquarie) was placed through bushland in 2016, and there was a need for 'possums' - Ring-tailed, Brushy, and Greater Gliders - to be able to cross over the highway. A close-up of this style wire cable, and rope bridge can be seen in the PDF of a similar one south of Sydney: (visit link) [NSW Gov.]

I hadn't realised, until stopping at the Arboreal Crossing, that there is also a tunnel under the Oxley Highway, with a set of elevated timber structures as an alternate crossing.

Visited: 1025-7, Sunday, 23 September, 2018
'Prankster' photo: 0849, Monday, 10 April, 2017
Type of Passage: Other

If 'Other' please list type of passage used: Arboreal Rope Bridge

Website for more information: [Web Link]

Parking Coordinates: Not listed

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