3000 roll up for M-Way tours
AS THE battle to attract the tourist dollar continues throughout south-east Queensland, Ipswich has found an unlikely drawcard grabbing the attention of day-trippers.
It is not the lush surrounds of the Scenic Rim, nor is it the artsy hub and cafe culture constantly evolving in the Top of Town.
If you are thinking more along the lines of half a million tonnes of bitumen, stretching between Dinmore and the outskirts of Brisbane you are on the right track.
It is the Ipswich Motorway and its tour, operated by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, which celebrated its 3000th visitor last week since the tours began in early 2010.
The lucky 3000th visitor was one of the 36 people in a tour group organised by Val Malynn of the Camira Friends and Neighbours group.
"We were very surprised when we got there. He (the tour guide) said they had a surprise for us and when we went inside they had all the room all decorated with balloons," she said.
Following a celebratory afternoon tea, the group was split into two buses for the tour.A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said to avoid any confusion, the entire group was counted as visitor number 3000.
The tour includes a detailed tour of the D2G Visitor Experience Centre and a one-hour bus trip along the upgraded motorway and new service roads.
Visitors to the VEC Mark II have included local community, overseas governments, construction and transport industries, schools, universities, project and department staff and their families.
The tours continue until Saturday, June 16.
To book a spot on a tour call the project hotline on 1800 465 682.
Easing the flow
- The $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway was officially opened this week.
- 95,000 cars use the motorway each day.
- Daily traffic on the motorway has increased by 25,000 cars over the last five years.