Licola Gateway Visitor Centre

East of Melbourne, the picturesque village of Licola sits on the banks of the Macalister River, and forms the southern gateway to the Australian Alps National Park.  Licola has proven its resilience time and time again, surviving devastating bushfires and crippling floods. Parks Victoria commissioned Interpretive by Design to create a sense of arrival at Licola’s Visitors Day Centre, and form a style that could be carried through the area. The aim was to convey  the layers of cultural heritage from Aboriginal to contemporary; the natural heritage and general orientation information of the surrounding area. Inspiration was drawn from visiting the site, utilizing the unique colours of the river bank and surrounding landscape. Split timber posts reflect  the tall timbers of the Park, and were sourced through a local supplier. The post structure series features galvanised steel caps and forged steel motifs. It’s striking simplicity has proven a draw card to the facility, and feedback confirms good design means positive interpretive results.