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2008 Award of Distinction

National Pass Walking Track

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Jury Citation

The heroic effort to repair the National Pass Walking Track has successfully restored a significant man-made element of the landscape of the Blue Mountains World Heritage site. Undertaken over a span of five years through the dedicated efforts of the project team, the century-old track has been upgraded to meet safety standards and growing visitor needs, while respecting the historic built fabric and the natural setting to the greatest extent possible. Unique solutions were evolved for each land form, each material used and each on-site challenge. The consolidation and reconstruction of steps, bridges and staircases using local materials and traditional building techniques demonstrate excellent craftsmanship, ensured the historic continuity of the walking track and reconfirmed the relationship between nature and humankind.