About this place
Lookouts at both The Gap and Natural Bridge provide outstanding views of the Southern Ocean and the coast from Bald Head to West Cape Howe. Visitors to The Gap can venture onto the accessible viewing platform 40m above the surging seas.
From the gentle and mesmerising heaving of calm seas, to the buffeting rush of wind and spray of winter storms the experience changes from day to day. A raised pathway leads from the parking and picnic area across the top of the exposed granite ramparts to reach the viewing platform at The Gap. The pathway allows safe access to some of the best views, while keeping vulnerable plants and lichens on the rock surface from harm's way.
The accessible pathway and viewing area of the Natural Bridge provides a window to one of Australia’s most exposed coasts. The shape and form of the viewing structures are designed to complement the natural features of the area. The lookout platform at The Gap is supported by five cantilevered beams that follow the 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.
The Gap and Natural Bridge join other national park attractions in the area in providing thrills for visitors as well as opportunities for nature appreciation. The others are the Granite Skywalk in Porongurup National Park, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole-Nornalup National Park and the Wilderness Lookout in Mount Frankland National Park. These attractions are linked by the Getting High in Nature travel itinerary.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Grated floor panels allow a see-through view of the surging water 40m below.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of The Gap and Natural Bridge.
We recognise and acknowledge Minang people as the traditional owners of Torndirrup National Park.