Walkway provides safer access to falls
■ Visitor access to a popular gorge in Karijini National Park is now safer after the recent installation of a new walkway.
A realignment of the trail, new steps, platforms and handrails have all been installed at Fortescue Falls.
Department of Parks and Wildlife senior operations officer Geoff Passmore said one of the main objectives was to provide a more moderate gradient for visitors to enjoy a range of stunning views.
“We wanted to include a new lookout so visitors could stop, take a break and get some great photos of the falls,” he said.
“It was also important for the construction materials to be durable and visually attractive, so we used raw steel to blend in with the environment and the ironrich gorge walls.”
Some of the metal structures were prefabricated in the DPaW Jarrahdale Perth.
Mr Passmore said construction was finished by the Perthbased works crew onsite over a four-week period.
“These works presented an extreme physical challenge, with staff having to carry in materials and use welders, grinders and other hot works,” he said.
The final phase of the project is likely to be completed to the top of the gorge in May next year.
The new walkway recently installed at Fortescue Falls in Karijini National Park.