From long road to walk in the sky

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Project officer Nicole Nelson is dwarfed by a section of the Kalbarri Skywalk which was trucked up from Perth recently.
Camera IconProject officer Nicole Nelson is dwarfed by a section of the Kalbarri Skywalk which was trucked up from Perth recently. Credit: Geoff Vivian, The Geraldton Guardian

Kalbarri Skywalk’s three giant steel components started their journey from Perth to Kalbarri recently, each in a separate truck.

Project officer Nicole Nelson said huge concrete footings, expected to be poured last week, needed a month to cure before the cantilevered structure could be assembled.

She said the tourist viewing platform at Kalbarri’s famous gorges was expected to be open to the public early next year.

When installed, two 100m-high skywalks with a connecting boardwalk between them will jut 25m and 17m beyond the rim of the Murchison River Gorge at one of its highest points.

Kalbarri Skywalk’s mesh panels will allow visitors an uninterrupted view.
Camera IconKalbarri Skywalk’s mesh panels will allow visitors an uninterrupted view. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Ms Nelson said the components on the trucks comprised the first of two skywalks.

“Skywalk 2 has been fabricated and will be delivered a bit later,” she said.

Geraldton architect Craig Poletti of Eastman Poletti Sherwood was the designer.

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