Karri Bowl

Description

This project is led by the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The proposed Karri Bowl site is in the Boranup forest area centred on Giants Cave and the Karri Forest to the south, within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

While photographs of the karri forest are frequently used and shared, the experience currently lacks quality or safety, and fails to interpret the stories and significance of this environment.

Key factors in this include:

Hazardous conditions

  • Located on a tight curve on Caves Road with double lines
  • Inadequate pedestrian provision
  • An uneven forest floor creates trip hazards in the absence of defined walkways

Inadequate visitor experience

  • A single small viewing platform in place
  • Not served by any recognised walk track
  • Inadequate parking
  • No interpretation
  • No visitor amenities
  • Lack of signage for the historic mill site and three caves located within the precinct

Objective

To celebrate the cultural and environmental values of this section of forest in a way that allows people to understand and appreciate its natural beauty in a peaceful way, whilst creating a world class nature-based tourism attraction.

Scope of Work

In order to achieve the project objective, DBCA has envisaged that it will be necessary to undertake work in four key areas, which would combine to create a world-class visitor precinct and forest experience.

  1. Interpretive visitor hub and facilities
  • Main interpretive centre to introduce visitors to the Forest and surrounds
  • New trail head
  • Curated and managed access to the Forest via best-design board walks, creating a ‘Karri Walk’
  • Improved access to Giants Adventure Cave, Brides Sunken Cave and Golgotha original tourist cave
  1. Interpretation throughout precinct
  • Aboriginal history and culture (Wadandi people have lived in this location for over 50,000 years as evidenced at nearby Devils Lair Cave)
  • European history and timber industry history
  • Forest, flora and fauna
  1. Walking track access
  • Exploration of potential to improve alignment of the Cape to Cape track for walkers to experience the forest, campsites and the Wadandi (rails to trails) track
  1. Safety improvements
  • Exploration of potential to realign of a dangerous section of Caves Road in accordance with WA Main Roads’ priority to improve safety, removing motor vehicles from the vicinity of the precinct

Karri Bowl is a potential node of the region’s Unbeaten Tracks initiative, which is a longer-term plan to interconnect the region’s walking, cycling and riding tracks.

Project status

  • DBCA is currently undertaking project planning