architects install prefabricated observation boardwalk on mount archer, australia

architects install prefabricated observation boardwalk on mount archer, australia

the new elevated boardwalk at the top of mount archer, queensland, australia, is the main feature of the ongoing fraser park master plan for rockhampton regional council. the project developed by local firm design+architecture, was a collaborative effort between local consultants, contractors, indigenous elders and national parks specialists to meet the council’s brief. the client’s vision was to create an elevated boardwalk off the face of the mountain – a new experience for the community to take in the outstanding views. the snake-like curvature of the boardwalk weaves itself through the trees, in a nod to the lifeblood of rockhampton, the mighty mundagara rainbow serpent (fitzroy river) that lies at mount archer’s foothills.



the intention was to create a wheelchair-friendly, non-obtrusive structure that allows the visitors to immerse themselves in nature and the surrounding views. the structure itself only acts as a means to experience the breathtaking views and the natural setting. the boardwalk is intended to feel organic and draws on basic construction methods, ensuring minimal environmental impact during installation, plus being cost effective and low ongoing maintenance.



the extreme slope of the mountain was the main shaper and creator of the design and structure. rather than leveling out the slopes, the existing terrain was respected, and the boardwalk only gently touches the slope when needed. with remote access to the site and a steep drive up the mountain, the design team had to find an alternative construction methodology with a major emphasis on safety. inspiration was found in the building principles of meccano and lego – constructing the boardwalk in transportable smaller sections off-site and then then installing gradually. this created minimal works on site and almost no requirement for scaffolding, reducing both safety risks and cost to the client.



the materials were carefully selected to minimize the risk of fire damage and to create sustainability and longevity. concrete was used for the footings, galvanized steel for the balustrades and structure (some beams were erected on an angle to reflect the local trees) and native ironbark timber for the boardwalk and handrails. to honor the traditional custodians of the land, local indigenous darumbal art is gently woven into parts of the balustrading, edged on aluminium and stainless steel.














project info:


architects: design+architecture

location: mound archer, queensland, australia


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • Thanks for the overheads. I can understand the effort. Nice.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • This was s great idee, keep the good work up.

    Almerie Wolmarans says:

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