A raised pathway allows wheelchair access from the parking and picnic area across the top of the exposed granite ramparts to reach the viewing platform at The Gap. The pathway gives safe access to the best views while protecting vulnerable plants and lichens on the rock surface from trampling.
The solid accessible pathway and viewing area of the Natural Bridge provides a less confronting but still impressive window to one of Australia’s most exposed coasts.
The shape and form of the viewing structures have been designed to complement the natural features of the site. The lookout platform at The Gap is supported by five cantilevered beams that following the natural shape of the rock surface and extend over 10m from their last contact point. They are anchored securely to stable rock, away from natural faults and joints near the cliff face, using rock anchors up to 9m deep.
Materials for the structures were selected to withstand the harsh conditions encountered on the cliff top. The stainless steel components have exceptionally high strength and resistance to weather, staining, corrosion and cracking. The fibre-reinforced grated panels provide a strong non-slip surface while allowing glimpses through the deck to the cliff face and water below.
Grated floor panels allow a see-through view of the surging water 40m below.
Two designated accessible parking bays are provided and other parking bays provide ample set-down space for wheelchairs and mobility aids.
The nearest accessible toilet is located at Frenchman Bay (approximately 7.5km by road).