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The Gap and Natural Bridge works about to start

Artist's impression of the new lookout at The Gap
Artist's impression of the new lookout at The Gap

 

Works to redevelop and improve visitor facilities at the iconic Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park are about to get underway.

Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Peter Hartley said initial site works were scheduled to begin on Monday 10 November.

“This is an exciting $5.15 million project, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($3.9 million) and the department’s capital works program ($1.25 million), to redevelop a popular Albany tourist destination currently attracting about 210,000 visits per year,” Mr Hartley said.

“The improvements include new lookouts, pathways and interpretive signage designed to enhance visitors’ experience and safety.

“The lookouts will provide a closer, more dramatic view of the beautiful coastal environment while incorporating key safety design features.”

Mr Hartley said The Gap and Natural Bridge area would, for safety reasons, most likely be closed throughout the works project.

It is anticipated there will be associated tourism and economic benefits from the upgrades, with increased visitation to the area.

“The department is in the early stages of developing a broader marketing concept for its iconic south west and south coast lookouts, linking the Tree Top Walk (Walpole), Mt Frankland lookout (Walpole), Granite Skywalk (Porongurup National Park) and Cave Point lookout (Fitzgerald River National Park),” Mr Hartley said.

The new facilities at The Gap and Natural Bridge are expected to open in mid-2015.

Information about site closures and re-opening times are available from the Parks and Wildlife Albany office on 9842 4500.

 

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