Skywalks coming to WA national park

The WA Government has announced plans to build two huge skywalks high above the Murchison River in Kalbarri National Park.

Announced on October 26, the two 100-metre high skywalks will be built 100m apart at the Inyaka Wookai Watju site, also known as West Loop Lookout.

Famed for it’s wildflowers and spectacular sunsets, the Kalbarri National Park features an impressive 80-kilometre gorge with scenic views of the town and river mouth, and sandstone cliffs that plunge more than 100m to the ocean.

Part of the state government’s Royalties for Regions scheme, the $5 million project will also see signage, parking for coaches and large caravans, shade shelters and toilets constructed at the site, boosting accessibility for all travellers.

An artist's impression of the skywalk site. Photo: Supplied

An artist’s impression of the skywalk site. Photo: Supplied

Additional funding has also been set aside to complete sealing of the Loop/Z Bend Road and redevelop the Z Bend and Meanarra Hill tourist sites.

Premier Colin Barnett said the skywalks’ construction and road sealing recognised the region’s growing tourism industry, and he hoped the development would further support the region’s economy.

“Tourism is a cornerstone of Kalbarri’s economy and building quality cutting-edge infrastructure to increase visitor enjoyment and experience is essential in ensuring the region’s growth,” Mr Barnett said.

Kalbarri National Park received 371,000 visitors in 2014-15, a significant increase from 306,000 visitors in 2013-14.

Construction will begin in 2016, with the facilities expected to open in 2017.