Wedding Cake Rock bolstered with new fence to help stop dangerous selfies

Construction has commenced on a new safety fence at Wedding Cake Rock, in Sydney's Royal National Park, to reduce the chances of people dying for a selfie.

Aerial view, Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park

A geotechnical survey shows the Wedding Cake Rock sandstone feature is highly unstable and could collapse into the ocean below at any time.

“The new fence is being installed to improve safety for visitors to Wedding Cake Rock,” National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) area manager Shaun Elwood said.

“Unfortunately, some people chose to disobey the warning signs and climb over the old fence to take selfies for social media and we have been forced to take further action.

“The better barrier will be made of high-grade stainless steel with an inward tilt to make it harder for people to climb.

“New safety signs will also inform visitors of the imminent danger of the rock collapsing.

“We are urging people thinking about trying to climb the fence to consider carefully the consequences of their actions.

“This includes impact an accident would have on their family, loved ones and friends.

“People should also spare a thought for our staff and the emergency services people who put their lives at risk to undertake dangerous rescues and retrievals should something go wrong,” Mr Elwood said.