Koombana Park, Bunbury

Client: Department of Parks and Wildlife  |  Status: Completed 2019

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.

“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.

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.

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