Saturday, 13 June 2020

West Australia's spectacular new tourism attraction unveiled

Looking to enjoy some post-lockdown fresh air? 

The much-anticipated Kalbarri Skywalk in Western Australia's Coral Coast region is now officially open. 

Offering visitors uninterrupted views over Kalbarri National Park, the 100-metre-high Skywalk features two cantilevered viewing platforms that extend 25 and 17 metres beyond the rim of the Murchison River Gorge. 

Located at West Loop – only 1.5km from the popular Nature's Window – the $24 million project also includes toilets, shade shelters, paths, wheelchair accessible viewing structures, visitor information, parking and an environmentally friendly kiosk (due to open soon). 

The facility showcases the culture and stories of the Nanda traditional owners through interpretive and artistic elements. 

Visitors are greeted with an entry sign saying kaju yatka, the Nanda words for 'sky' and 'to walk.' 

Inspired by the region's heritage and beauty, several local Aboriginal artists have created interpretive artworks as key elements of the Skywalk experience. 

These include the Beemarra serpent, central to the dreaming story of the Nanda people, sandblasted into the path to guide visitors, and message sticks welded with Aboriginal art to make a 'forest' near the entrance of the Skywalk. 

A six-hour drive from Perth, Kalbarri is best known for its National Park. 

With a combination of coastal and inland landscapes, the spectacular coastal cliffs provide an excellent vantage point to view humpback whales on their annual migration down Western Australia's coastline between June and November each year, and views of some of the state's most spectacular wildflowers.

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