A suite of wayfinding signage was developed for the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. Stretching 60 kilometres along the Coffs Coast the walk extends from Red Rock in the north to Sawtell in the south. We were contracted to design the interpretive and directional signage for the walk. The directional signage was developed according to the NPWS style manual and adapted in consultation with NPWS Interpretation Senior Project Officer.
Date: July 2012 – November 2012
Service: Interpretive design, wayfinding, mapping, logo development, consultation
Specs: over 50 signs total
– 7 x large panels with a map of the whole route installed at major trackheads
– 17 minor directional signs (double-sided so 34 in total) with interpretive panels located in visitor nodes, key access points and in areas of more complex navigation. The interpretive
– Z-Card pocket sized folding brochure and map
Client: NPWS & Coffs Harbour City Council
Related Solitary Islands Coastal Walk projects:
– 11 trackside signs that provide interpretation only
– 113 route markers or ‘reassurance totems’ located at key decision points along the walk (provided by NPWS Interpretation Senior Project Officer)
– 14 interpretive panels for shelters at Look at Me Now Headland and Red Rock
– Memorial signs for shipwreck and lighthouse keeper
The wayfinding component of the project included a hierarchy of signs designed to inspire locals and visitors to take the walk.
Large wayfinding signage / interpretive display panel for Look At Me Now headland
Large wayfinding signage at Red Rock
The map on the Red Rock panel includes the Yuraygir Coastal Walk which adjoins the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. The combined length is approximately 120 kilometres stretching from Angourie in the North to Sawtell in the south. These panels are 2270 mm wide x 1060 mm high.
Solitary Islands Coastal Walk & Yuraygir Coastal Walk Directional Map
These maps are orientated to the direction walkers will be facing when viewing them. Generally the ocean is at the top as they are on headlands and beaches but occasionally the track takes a different route and the orientation of the viewer to the ocean changes as in the Look At Me Now headland map.
5 Major Directional Signs along the headlands and beaches
The maps for these signs are huge. The aerial photograph base files were generated from ArcMap. The walk and other features were also created in ArcMap as separate layers. They were then combined in Adobe Illustrator and edited to achieve this final result. They provide an overview of the walk, precinct maps and insights into the area.
34 Minor Directional Signs along the 60 km stretch
It felt like more! These double sided signs extend along the full 60km of the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. The reverse side of these signs take the opportunity to tell a story and provide visitors with some information about the area including historical, cultural heritage (Aboriginal and European) and environmental heritage (flora, fauna and geographical). The interpretive information component of these minor directional signs was developed and provided by NPWS Interpretation Senior Project Officer.
Folding Brochure Z-Card
For locals and visitors a pocket sized folding brochure and map (Z-Card) was created.