New Pathway along Gap Park Historic Tramway

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The image shows a tram car running along the single line tram route through Gap Park. The poles and wires shown in the photo are now gone. The trams stopped running in 1960 following a government decision to scrap the tram network in Sydney. The park looked very different then with mainly sparse and low vegetation allowing uninterrupted views to the harbour, city and HMAS Watson at South Head.

Stroll through history along the Gap Park Tramway Path

We're proposing to convert the historic tramway route through Gap Park into an accessible path that will provide a new visitor experience through Gap Park.

The proposed path will connect the Military Road end park entry in the north to Old South Head Road in the south. The pathway will take visitors along the historic tram route, a bushland rock escarpment and an exotic rain forest gully, a quite different experience to the exposed Coastal Walk path hugging the cliff tops. The asphalt path will be 2 metres wide and include rest areas, habitat boardwalk, sandstone log wall, and interpretive / wayfinding signage.

We are seeking community feedback on detailed concept design for the pathway and its features. To get a better picture, please click on the image below. You can upload your comments on the survey and let Council know what you think of the proposal so we can determine if our community would like to see this concept progress.


Stroll through history along the Gap Park Tramway Path

We're proposing to convert the historic tramway route through Gap Park into an accessible path that will provide a new visitor experience through Gap Park.

The proposed path will connect the Military Road end park entry in the north to Old South Head Road in the south. The pathway will take visitors along the historic tram route, a bushland rock escarpment and an exotic rain forest gully, a quite different experience to the exposed Coastal Walk path hugging the cliff tops. The asphalt path will be 2 metres wide and include rest areas, habitat boardwalk, sandstone log wall, and interpretive / wayfinding signage.

We are seeking community feedback on detailed concept design for the pathway and its features. To get a better picture, please click on the image below. You can upload your comments on the survey and let Council know what you think of the proposal so we can determine if our community would like to see this concept progress.


  • Gap Park Pathway along old Tramway to proceed

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    about 1 month ago

    A decision was made at the Finance, Community and Services Committee Meeting, Monday 27 April 2020, to proceed with the proposed pathway along the old tram route at Gap Park.

    In establishing the final design, Council will conduct a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and take on recommendations from both the REF and the Due Diligence Aboriginal Heritage Assessment.

    In response to community feedback, Council will replace the proposed asphalt surface in the original concept plan with decomposed granite surface or similar.

    A decision was made at the Finance, Community and Services Committee Meeting, Monday 27 April 2020, to proceed with the proposed pathway along the old tram route at Gap Park.

    In establishing the final design, Council will conduct a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and take on recommendations from both the REF and the Due Diligence Aboriginal Heritage Assessment.

    In response to community feedback, Council will replace the proposed asphalt surface in the original concept plan with decomposed granite surface or similar.

  • Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Update

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    4 months ago

    We have now received the Aboriginal Heritage Assessment regarding aspects of the path route and its construction to ensure that we protect and preserve any artefacts of archaeological significance that may be present. The report was undertaken by noted archeologist Dr Paul Irish with assistance of David Ingrey, Site officer with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

    The report advised that there are 'no known Aboriginal archaeological sites within the study area, and none were identified as a result of the research or site inspection for the current assessment..... As such it is considered highly unlikely that the construction...

    We have now received the Aboriginal Heritage Assessment regarding aspects of the path route and its construction to ensure that we protect and preserve any artefacts of archaeological significance that may be present. The report was undertaken by noted archeologist Dr Paul Irish with assistance of David Ingrey, Site officer with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

    The report advised that there are 'no known Aboriginal archaeological sites within the study area, and none were identified as a result of the research or site inspection for the current assessment..... As such it is considered highly unlikely that the construction of the path will directly impact any known or potential Aboriginal archaeological remains.'The assessment has provided recommendations to be implemented during the design and construction to mitigate the chances of impacting subsurface archeological traces.


  • Gap Park Tramway Pathway Update

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    about 1 month ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you for participating in our survey. We had a variety of responses and your feedback has helped informed our final design. Our original design proposed an asphalt pathway which a significant number of people did not support. We listened and redesigned the pathway using more natural materials such as decomposed granite surfacing with sandstone edging.

    Thank you for participating in our survey. We had a variety of responses and your feedback has helped informed our final design. Our original design proposed an asphalt pathway which a significant number of people did not support. We listened and redesigned the pathway using more natural materials such as decomposed granite surfacing with sandstone edging.