Just 24 hours after a man fell to his death near a “secret lookout” over Sea Cliff Bridge, people were heading to the very same spot.
On Sunday afternoon, a Clifton resident living near the bridge spotted four people walking along the rail corridor towards the bridge.
And on Monday more than 10 people were spotted close to the edge.
This is one of the routes leading to the lookout and cliffside and thought to be the route taken by a man who fell from the cliff on Saturday.
The Clifton resident said she was “really upset” by seeing people headed to the same spot just a day later.
“I yelled out to them ‘hey guys get out of there. Someone died up there yesterday’,” she said.
“They just waved it off and laughed like it was a joke.
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“It’s as much the attitude of people walking up there as it is inadequate fencing and signage. How you solve that, I don’t know.”
The resident said there was a “constant traffic of people” heading up the rail corridor towards the bridge or coming back.
“It can be any time of the day or night,” she said.
“I’ve seen people with torches going up there at night time.”
She felt that Saturday’s tragedy was “inevitable” given the conditions of the area.
“It’s a known slippage area, that’s why the bridge was built and that was why the old road was closed,” she said.
“That land is slipping all the time, it’s a very dangerous spot to be walking around.”
The ground at the lookout is well-worn at the edge of the cliff indicating a lot of people have walked there.
There have been reports of other people slipping on the cliff – one photographer said the ground collapsed under his feet and he fell 10 metres – only a ledge saved him from falling another 20 metres.
A NSW Trainlink spokesman said they worked with the Police Transport Command (PTC) to deter rail trespass at Clifton.
“Our drivers report instances of trespass to security and we also have increased surveillance measures in conjunction with NSW Police to deter trespass in the area,” he said.
“Trespassing in the rail corridor is not only illegal; it’s also extremely dangerous and stupid behaviour. It is not worth risking your life for a cheap thrill.”
Trespassing on the rail corridor is punishable by fines up to $5500.
PTC Inspector Stuart Owen said the Wollongong transport command officers were aware of the problems at Clifton and that enforcement was “ongoing”.
“I know our guys from Wollongong do make patrols around that area because they know that bridge is an area of significant tourist interest and also because it runs fairly close to the rail corridor,” Insp Owen said.