Historic Tram Pathway
The Gap Park Tram Pathway at Vaucluse has now been completed for Woollahra Council and can now be explored by locals! This Pathway provides a new visitor experience though Gap Park along the converted the historic tramway route, which was constructed in 1903 and used until 1960.
The bush track was upgraded to improve access and safety while also providing an alternative walking experience to the coastal pathway. The Pathway will take visitors along the historic tram route, a bushland rock escarpment and exotic rainforest gully, connecting the Military Road end park entry in the north to Old South Head Road in the south. The crushed sandstone path, two metres wide and 200 m long, includes rest areas with seating, habitat boardwalk to protect some prominent Fig tree roots, a sandstone log wall and interpretive signage which references the natural environment and Aboriginal heritage.
Works completed at The Gap Park included demolition, earthworks, construction of new crushed sandstone pathway, recycling of sandstone blocks and drainage works. Seating, signage and several raised and long boardwalks were also constructed on this project.
Locals are already using this new pathway and have commented to us “This is an absolutely lovely new local walk I am enjoying whilst in lockdown. Thank you for creating such a beautiful new “middle path” below the coastal cliff walk and above the ancient fig tree roots.” Another first-time user commented “wonderful little walk. Well done for opening up more natural and peaceful areas for us”.
We’re ecstatic that everyone is enjoying this new pathway at Vaucluse!