In an effort to accommodate increasing tourism numbers in the Torndirrup National Park near Albany, the Western Australian Government has announced it will spend $3.3 million on upgrading facilities in the area around the popular The Gap and Natural Bridge area.
The Gap is a rocky inlet surrounded by high sea cliffs with a cantilevered viewing platform, while Natural Bridge is a rock formation forming a bridge over a nearby inlet. Both locations are incredibly scenic offering panoramic views along the rugged coast and over the Southern Ocean, and are within a 30-minute drive of Albany.
The upgrade commitment is part of the State Government’s wider Torndirrup National Park improvement project. It will see a tripling of the available car parking with 60 additional spaces, a redevelopment of The Gap Road, and the installation of new toilets for the picnic area next to the carpark.
Construction of the carpark and roads is expected to commence during the low tourist season in July to minimise disruption.
WA Premier Roger Cook said the Great Southern coastline was a jewel in the crown of WA’s unique tourism offerings.
“Upgrading facilities in the area will mean more people can experience this natural wonder for themselves,” he said.
“As Premier, I’m committed to delivering quality tourism infrastructure in our regions to benefit the entire community.”
Environment Minister Reece Whitby said some 430,000 people visited the Torndirrup National Park every year.
“It’s clear to see how special The Gap and Natural Bridge are for Albany with the breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the coastline,” he said.
“These works are designed to provide an unforgettable experience for those visitors, who in turn will give back to the local economy, and create employment opportunities for Western Australians and local businesses.”
Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens added, “These new facilities will make the tourism experience easier, more family friendly, create local jobs, and boost small business.
“Albany has some of the best natural Western Australia attractions on its doorstep and these upgrades will benefit both tourists and locals when visiting The Gap.”