West Head, in Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a popular destination for visitors. 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. Earlier this year, an assessment of condition by a structural engineer identified structural and safety risk to visitors. Temporary fencing was installed in May 2021 to eliminate this risk to public safety while further assessments and plans were developed. During this time, West Head remains open and visitors can still access the lookout, the views and surrounds, but cannot get close to the edge.
What is happening at the West Head Lookout?
The National Parks and Wildlife Service will be carrying our stabilisation work and safety improvements at the West Head Lookout.
Earlier in 2021, an engineering assessment of the 1960s lookout structure identified structural and safety risks. Temporary fencing was installed around the perimeter of the lookout. At the same time, design work was undertaken in consultation with geotechnical and structural engineers to address the risk and ensure the iconic views from West Head can continue to be enjoyed by visitors.
We will be undertaking works to:
- strengthen the wall and lookout with new retaining supports under the pavement
- install a barrier to meet current Australian standards to minimise the risk of visitors falling from the edge of the lookout.
Several design solutions have been considered for the barrier and will be subject to further assessment and consultation before finalisation.