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.
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.