Sky no limit for Kalbarri’s Western Australia Landscape Architecture Award-winning walk

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Kaju Yatka (Kalbarri Skywalk).
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Kaju Yatka, or the Kalbarri Skywalk, cleaned up at the WA Landscape Architecture Awards on Friday night.

The attraction — which offers a unique and breathtaking view of the Murchison landscape — won coveted awards for tourism excellence, regional achievement, and the WA medal. Judges described the skywalk as a “carefully curated and crafted” attraction and an “unforgettable tourism experience”.

“The highly considered visitor infrastructure includes access paths and circulation spaces, gathering areas, terraced seating and integration of Nanda artists’ work in landscape treatments and interpretation,” read the award sheet.

Ben Liddlelow from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture sponsor Richgro commercial products manager David Miles.
Camera IconBen Liddlelow from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture sponsor Richgro commercial products manager David Miles. Credit: Supplied

Awards jury chair Tom Griffiths said the gongs pushed the profession to new heights, encouraging more thoughtful work.

“It feels like we are on the precipice of another evolution of the profession to meet the challenges of these important issues and use our collective talents to drive significant improvements in the design of the built environment,” he said.

Entrants displayed creativity, collaboration, consultation and thoughtful design that led to a strong collection of projects that delighted the jury with their quality and depth.

Ngajarlui deep gorge near Karratha, WA Museum’s Boola Bardip project, and Coogee Common were among the other projects recognised.

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