Accessible pathways into nature
The project objective was to upgrade the site with an improved pathway and ramped access to achieve universal access from the existing local park and carpark, to the escarpment edge overlooking Gordon Falls. The upgrade was to capture the spectacular views to Mount Solitary and the Jamison Valley, allowing their beauty to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their level of mobility.
NewScape design were engaged by NPWS to undertake concept design, detailed design and construction documentation of disabled access tracks and lookout at Gordon Falls. The project forms part of the implementation of the NSW Government’s Policy directive Improving Access to National Parks (IANPP) announced in 2019.
The project required management of a multidisciplinary team of an accessibility consultant, environmental specialist, quantity surveyor, and structural and civil engineers. The design team selected durable, sustainable materials and low environmental impact structural support to create a walkway that hovers above the landscape, cantilevers out over the escarpment and connects visitors to surrounding walking tracks.
The resulting design provides a special opportunity for people with limited mobility to enjoy the unique values of the Blue Mountains National Park.
NSW Parks & Wildlife Services
Blue Mountains National Park, NSW