This coastal trail is expected to span across 90 kilometres.
The Great Ocean Road is about to get even greater. New dedicated walking paths will encourage visitors to explore the diverse region in an eco-friendly way. Take in views of spectacular waterfalls and beautiful rainforests from a new perspective. Community consultation will begin today on a masterplan to finalise the trail’s route. Construction of the trail is expected to begin in 2023.
Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail
90 kilometres of walking paths will stretch from Fairhaven to Skenes Creek across the landscape around Great Ocean Road. This trail will connect the Surf Coast and Great Ocean walks, and will run through Eastern Maar country. Traditional Owners will be consulted to ensure that the plan respects and promotes the area’s rich heritage.
This trail will include several suspension bridges, so that visitors can take in new views and experiences in the region. The masterplan will also finalise the location of important infrastructure, such as camping sites, lookouts, river crossings and day visitor areas.
Visitors will explore the region even further, with half-day walks, shorter loop trails and long hikes that will stretch across four to six days.
“This trail will showcase the region’s amazing natural assets and cultural history,” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio. “It will be a drawcard for Victoria and will boost the local economy as it recovers from the impacts of the pandemic.”
The Victorian Government has allocated $23.8 million to plan and deliver the trail. Meanwhile, the Federal Government is providing $350, 000 for planning through the Geelong City Deal.
The Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail is expected to attract an extra 50, 000 people to the region during its first five years. It is also expected to receive an extra $47 million in visitor expenditure.
“Community consultation is really important, so we encourage locals to get involved and have their say,” said Minister D’Ambrosio.
To read the Minister’s statement, click here.
Learn more about the Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail here.