West Head Lookout upgrade

National Parks and Wildlife Service is delivering safety upgrades to West Head Lookout in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

West Head, in Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a popular destination for local and international tourists. The West Head Lookout is considered one of Sydney’s best vantage points with views across Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland, Lion Island and the Central Coast. 

The West Head Lookout was built in the mid-1960s and does not meet current standards. In accordance with engineering advice, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is taking a precautionary approach and limiting access to the perimeter of the lookout and cliff edge.

West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with temporary fence due to upgrades

Temporary fencing has been installed for public safety while further assessments are carried out. West Head remains open and visitors are still able to access the lookout, the views and surrounds, but cannot get close to the edge.

These upgrades are being delivered as part of the Improving Access to National Parks (IANP) program. The capital works funded by this program will enable the renewal, improvement and enhancement of park visitor facilities, safety and infrastructure.

What’s happening at the West Head Lookout?

Recent engineering assessments have found structural risks at the West Head Lookout.

To ensure the safety of visitors, a temporary fence has been installed around the perimeter of the lookout whilst further planning for repair works is undertaken.

Further planning for repair works is currently being undertaken. It is anticipated construction works will commence in in 2021 once the necessary approvals have been obtained.

The West Head Lookout remains open and visitors can still experience the views and access the surrounds including walking tracks.

Stakeholders, visitors and users of the park will be kept informed of this project as it develops. Project details and updates will be available from this project webpage.

In accordance with NSW planning legislation, NPWS will carry out rigorous environmental and heritage assessment of the site with input from relevant specialists. The proposed works align with the overall strategy for the management of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park outlined in the Plan of Management (PoM) (2002; amended 2014).

Do you have any questions?

For further information on the project, please email the Sydney North Area at npws.sydneynorth@environment.nsw.gov.au

If we’ve missed anything, please send us your question and the project team will provide updates via this webpage.

West Head Lookout upgrade