Shipwreck Coast Master Plan
The Shipwreck Coast encompasses 28km of spectacular coastline in Victoria’s south-west, from Princetown to the Bay of Islands, with over five million visitors to the Great Ocean Road region each year.
The Twelve Apostles now attracts up to 11,000 visitors a day and will reach over 2.1 million visitors in 2017.
The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a comprehensive program to protect the coast and improve visitor experience opportunities, highlighting the importance of the region for Victoria’s $21 billion tourism economy.
The Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park are part of key cultural heritage sites of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC), representing the Traditional Owners of south-western Victoria. EMAC continues to be heavily involved in the consultation process to ensure the traditional heritage is maintained, respected and celebrated.
The Victorian Government has invested $9.8 million to commence Stage One in bringing the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan to life.
These projects include:
- Campbell’s Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Port Campbell
- ‘The Saddle’ Lookout, Twelve Apostles
- ‘The Blowhole’ Lookout, Loch Ard Precinct
- Digital upgrade, Twelve Apostles
Campbell’s Creek Pedestrian Bridge
The new bridge will facilitate a year-round connection from Port Campbell to the Discovery Trail and Port Campbell National Park, west of Campbell’s Creek. The creek flow to the ocean fluctuates and at different times of the year it inhibits safe access between the township and the Discovery Trail.The new bridge will provide important pedestrian connectivity.
‘The Saddle’ Lookout, Twelve Apostles
The Saddle Lookout is located between the first primary lookout point and the end Castle Rock point. The base of the Saddle offers the greatest vista for extensive views along the coastline in each direction. Castle Rock is the end point which is unsafe for visitors and access is prohibited. Once the Saddle Lookout has been constructed, the Castle Rock Lookout will be closed and revegetated.
‘The Blowhole’ Lookout, Loch Ard Precinct
The Loch Ard Precinct is a large area containing multiple destinations and features of visitor interest, showcasing the diversity of the landscape and coastal environment, including the popular Loch Ard Gorge. The Blowhole is located slightly inland from the coast, providing a curious geological feature and visitor experience which contrasts with the other lookouts which are generally located on the coastal edge.This has been closed for many years due to safety reasons, so a new lookout will re-open this site again.
Digital upgrade, Twelve Apostles
Free public Wi-Fi will be available at the Twelve Apostles from early 2018 located in the Visitor Centre. The installation of Wi-Fi will enable visitors to share their experiences in real time via social media, as well as look up site information without relying on their own personal phone connections. A digital experience platform will also be developed.
Shipwreck Coast Master Plan Project
For more information about the broader Shipwreck Coast project visit www.shipwreckcoast.vic.gov.au