Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Mon May 19, 2014 3:05 pm

This boardwalk will be closed between the 2nd of June and the 30th of June. After sepaking to the BCC, it appears as though some substantial repairs will be performed to the structure and to the embankments. However they stressed it does not appear as though there will be any upgrades performed.

It means, during the month of June, you will not be able to ride between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd. You will have to ride down Green Camp Rd to get to Ricketts Rd. Be careful as Green Camp Rd is narrow and very busy.

I do not work for the BCC, I only have limited information from them as I asked. They will place a formal advertisement of work being performed, on their web site next week.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby Crawf » Mon May 19, 2014 3:41 pm

Thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby baghwan » Tue May 20, 2014 4:20 pm

Green Camp Rd and Ricketts Rd are a death trap waiting to happen, traffic both ways comes fast with no shoulder to speak of.

If the tide is in and I can't take the causeway, I just cancel my ride that way since that stretch terrifies me.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Thu May 22, 2014 1:54 pm

Apparently there is a concrete path between the top of Whites Rd an Chelsea Rd, bypassing the creek (somehow). It goes through the "bush walking" area.

I've only been told about it. The only place you have to dismount is entering and exiting the path. I'll be looking for it in a test run prior to the boardwalk closure. Otherwise I will taking other routes and avoiding Chelsea Rd. I also hate riding on Green Camp Rd and everytime I've done it I could not wait to get off it as it is too nerve racking.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby Crawf » Thu May 22, 2014 2:35 pm

darkelf921 wrote:Apparently there is a concrete path between the top of Whites Rd an Chelsea Rd, bypassing the creek (somehow). It goes through the "bush walking" area.


I'm pretty certain there is nothing.
There are loads of walking paths, but none go back over the Lota Creek.
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Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:51 pm

I've done this trip a few times now as an alternate to the boardwalk. Do a search in Strava for a segment Chelsea Rd to Manly Rd via Honeyeater Track. The whole track is bitumen.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby Crawf » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:40 am

Ahh good man, must be newer than google images then!

http://app.strava.com/segments/7187517

Edit: Where exactly will it dump you? Manly or Dane?
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby Gordonhooker » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:59 am

Must go and check out that track - it doesn't show up on google maps bike trails.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:31 pm

I use Dane as less cars even if you have to jump the fence :-)

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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby cancan64 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:12 pm

I think I prefer the honeyeater track to the boardwalk..although would be better if it was light, not foggy and dry
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:21 pm

Less branches on the track and remove the gates and I'd agree :-)
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby redsonic » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:23 pm

I just rode the Fairy Wren/Honeyeater track for the first time this morning. Really nice surface (when there are no sticks or branches) and lovely scenery through the trees. I did note at the Chelsea Rd entry that they had a sign saying no bicycles. I imagine you would be unlikely to be penalised at the moment with the Lota boardwalk closed.

I took some photos in case anyone is wondering what it is like. Please excuse the quality - first Gen iPhone!

The first of 2 new bridges across the creeks:

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A typical stretch of the track:

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If you're heading East (from the Manly/Dane Rd end), you will want to turn LEFT at this sign- they seem to have the signage wrong, as Left will get you to Chelsea Rd

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Here is how it looks from the Chelsea Rd entrance:

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And the track on the map:

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The path is really nice and wide - certainly wider than the boardwalk and flat for most of the route, though it does kick up at the Manly Rd end.
It would be nice if they decide to allow/encourage bicycles in here - I don't see why we wouldn't be welcome if we stick to the path and look out for walkers.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:33 pm

I agree. I now prefer this track to the boardwalk. A much nicer ride. Ultimately I would hope they could widen the boardwalk but I don't see it happening.

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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby cancan64 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:50 pm

I Liked it the first so much I think I will give it another go tomorrow morning...
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby baghwan » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:57 pm

Is there a deal with the fence onto Chelsea Rd?
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby redsonic » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:32 am

Bagwhan: I'm not sure what you mean. You can enter via a timber gateway that is designed to stop vehicles but allow a wheelchair through. I entered by the identical timber gate at the other end of the track (Manly Rd) and you just have to wheel the bike vertically for a bit as you go through.
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby cancan64 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:09 pm

The only part that you have to climb over the gate is whites road
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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby darkelf921 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:06 pm

And the boardwalk work is now showing completion date of 31/7 :-) Who's surprised?

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Re: Lota Creek boardwalk (between Whites Rd and Chelsea Rd)

Postby redsonic » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:17 am

darkelf921 wrote:And the boardwalk work is now showing completion date of 31/7 :-) Who's surprised?

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Wow, they only underestimated it by 100%!
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