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. In early 2021, 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?
Over the past few months, NPWS has been working towards the development of new concept designs to address safety and structural issues and concerns from stakeholders regarding the protection of heritage and aesthetic values of the site.
We engaged Bruce Mackenzie, the landscape architect behind the original 1963 design, to prepare a concept for the safety improvements which preserves the design intent and landscape values of the lookout. Oculus Landscape Architecture and Urban Design have been engaged to develop detailed designs which reflect this concept.
NPWS is proposing to:
- strengthen the wall and lookout with new retaining supports under the pavement
- reduce the risk of falls by installing a barrier below the existing perimeter of the lookout
- retain the character and iconic views from the lookout.
The temporary fencing will remain in place while this planning and design work is underway.