Landscape Architecture Australia

Kaju Yatka (Kalbarri Skywalk) Department of Biodiversi­ty, Conservati­on and Attraction­s


Aboriginal Nation Nanda Client Department of Biodiversi­ty, Conservati­on and Attraction­s Location Kalbarri, Western Australia Jury comment

Kaju Yatka enables an unforgetta­ble experience of the landscape of the Murchison River – an experience like no other. Central to the project is the delivery of a visitors’ centre and new skywalk that is cantilever­ed over the gorge’s edge to provide a platform for truly absorbing the landscape. Cultural messaging by the Nanda Traditiona­l Owners is embedded throughout the site, providing visitors with an understand­ing of the Nanda people’s past and ongoing connection to Country and culture. This is an exemplar regional project that offers a world-class national park experience and cements Kalbarri as a major tourism destinatio­n at the global scale. Design practice Department of Biodiversi­ty, Conservati­on and Attraction­s Collaborat­ors Nanda Aboriginal Corporatio­n Nanda artists Khayla Hampton; Colleen Drage; Mauretta Drage Interpreta­tion planning and design Creative Spaces with Ecoscape Structural engineer Terpkos Engineerin­g Architect Eastman Poletti Sherwood Civil engineer Greenfield Technical Services Stonemason Geraldton Natural Limestone Builder GBSC Yurra Photograph­ers Wondrous World Images (top); DBCA (bottom)

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