Gap Road, Watsons Bay
Gap Park is located on a coastal escarpment on Sydney Harbour's South Head. It has spectacular views of both the harbour and the sea. There are a series of basic paths amidst windswept native coastal vegetation that traverse the cliff tops. The area is one of Sydney's most popular tourist destinations. It attracts international and national tour groups, independent visitors, and local residents who use the park for walking, harbour and ocean viewing, bird watching, whale watching and spectating major harbour events. Additionally the park supports a rich history containing early fortifications, shipwreck relicts, and disused gun placements from past wars.
Bus and ferry services at available to Watsons Bay
The gap is a zone of weakness in the cliff face and the erosion and collapse of the overhanging strata that will allow the ingress of the sea through there in time. Discover the history of Gap Park (PDF).
A general need for a site upgrade, and a desire to improve public safety led to Woollahra Municipal Council commissioning the Gap Park Masterplan in early 2007. The Masterplan project has been a collaborative partnership between Woollahra Council, the NSW Police, the Black Dog Institute and Lifeline, with funding from the Australian Government and Woollahra Council itself.
The Gap Park Masterplan addressed various self harm minimisation strategies that we have recently completed including:
These measures work together as a comprehensive approach to self harm minimisation. The additional works as per this application will further enhance the scheme. The works to date have been acknowledged by suicide prevention experts as an example of best practice. As a part of the current works we have recently completed a Case Study on the Gap Park Self Harm Minimisation Masterplan produced in March 2012 by the University of Melbourne. The case study has been developed to provide a practical example of multi-stakeholder collaboration to implement such an intervention. It is hoped that this document may assist local authorities in other suicide hotspots to respond to similar situations.
This project has been possible due to funding opportunities from the Federal and State Government and Council Funding. A variety of stakeholders have been involved in the current works ranging from mental health experts, emergency services and the community. These stakeholders have shown a commitment from early on and we will continue to consult with them in future planning.
Gap Park Masterplan was adopted in 2008.
Dogs are prohibited at all times.