Spectacular cliff-top views from existing sections of the Coastal Walk provide a memorable experience for local residents as well as visitors to Sydney. A number of sections have been completed and the ultimate vision is to create a continuous coastal walkway between Bondi Beach and La Perouse Headland.

We were engaged by Randwick Council to identify a feasible route for a 1.9 km cliff top section of the Coastal Walk starting at the boundary of ‘The Coast’ Golf Course with Randwick Golf Course and extending to the southern boundary adjoining St Michaels Golf Course.  

Detailed design was then prepared for the section of Coastal Walk between Little Bay and the southern boundary. Incorporating sections of timber boardwalk and concrete pathway the cliff top alignment provides spectacular views along the coast with lookouts at strategic locations to allow users to stop and fully enjoy the views.


Client: Randwick City Council
Location: Little Bay NSW Australia
Project Team:
 - Landscape Architect - Corkery Consulting
 - Civil & Structural Engineering - Cardno
 - Geotechnical Engineering - Douglas Partners
 - Surveying - BMA
 - Risk Analysis - Reliance Risk
 - Heritage - AHMS
Images: Corkery Consulting


To address the complex set of site and operational issues associated with this ambitious project we assembled and managed a multi-disciplinary design team.

A detailed ground survey was prepared by BMA Surveyors in accordance with the scope we defined. Geotechnical site investigations were then carried out by Douglas Partners which included an initial assessment of the stability of a section of cliff top sandstone that has been undercut in some locations. Potential contamination 

was assessed in relation to land fill operations to create the golf course. Civil and structural engineering design advice was provided by Cardno in relation to sections of boardwalk, ramps and bridges as well as safety fencing and mesh screens.

A review of potential heritage sites was carried out by AHMS heritage consultants that included investigation of heritage values associated with former hospital buildings. The potential for sites of Aboriginal cultural significance 

were also assessed.

Golf Course management personnel were consulted during the design process to minimise disruption of golfers and identify situations where the risk of walkers being hit by golf balls was highest. We then worked in collaboration with Reliance Risk who carried out detailed risk assessment to confirm which sections of walkway require mesh screen to protect walkers.