This project represents Stage 1 of what was intended to be the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Head Office and WA National Parks Visitor Centre in Bunbury.
With a design intent of the facility as a collection of linked physical and visual elements depicting the rich natural and cultural heritage of the site, largely cleared and degraded land has been transformed into a landscaped parkland in which the community can recreate, engage and learn.
The landmark element on the site is the large bespoke lookout tower which sits atop a recreated sand dune. This iconic two-level lookout tower on the top of the dune ridge providing elevated 360-degree views across the Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury CBD, Bunbury Port, Koombana Bay and surrounding land uses.
“Whaler’s Walk” interpretive walkway expresses the site’s rich heritage with a dynamic quality, providing a changing journey along sections constructed at grade, a low floating boardwalk, and a section that cuts dramatically through the sand dune between angular corten steel walls. The stories along ‘Whalers Walk’ link to site features, reinforcing the interpretation experience.