Tourist hotspots readied for Easter rush
Monday 15 April, 2019
Wilsons Promontory, the Twelve Apostles and the Grampians are gearing up for a busy Easter, with tens-of-thousands of visitors expected at the popular spots.
The Easter long weekend is traditionally one of the busiest periods at Victoria’s parks and reserves, particularly at these three well-known destinations. Last year, more than 15,000 people visited Wilsons Promontory National Park over the four days of Easter, while the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park received 45,000.
The anticipated Easter rush has prompted Parks Victoria to add additional staff and advise visitors to be prepared and take care of both themselves and the environment.
All bookable options are full at the Grampians and Wilsons Promontory National Parks, while first-in, first-served campgrounds at the Grampians National Park are expected to be full before the Easter weekend due to school holidays. Although there is no camping at the Twelve Apostles, an early morning visit is recommended as traffic control and speed limit reductions are in place to safely manage the traffic expected on Great Ocean Road.
To stay safe across all the state’s parks and reserves, visitors are encouraged to pack for the conditions, noting that weather can change rapidly in the outdoors, to carefully plan short or long walks, travel with plenty of water, and always let someone know their plans and intended return. While out exploring, visitor can help keep the environment healthy by taking their rubbish with them and staying on formed tracks.
Park Rangers, who play important fire management and firefighting roles, are also reminding visitors to be fire-aware. Despite milder autumn weather, conditions remain extremely dry. Where permitted, campfires must be in a designated fireplace, never left unattended and be extinguished thoroughly with water.
Quotes attributable to Rhonda McNeil, Area Chief Ranger–Grampians:
“The Grampians region is stunning in Autumn, and the milder weather makes it pleasant on the national park’s many walks and hikes.”
“Though beautiful, the landscape is challenging and hikers are often caught-out by the steep terrain and changeable weather. Visitors should plan their walks, consider their abilities and stay on the tracks.”
Quotes attributable to Tara Ellard, Acting Area Chief Ranger–Wilsons Promontory National Park:
“Wilsons Promontory National Park is open to the public following the threat of bushfires during March.”
“While campsites and accommodation within the national park are booked-out, there is still plenty to explore within the Prom and also across South Gippsland including Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Bunurong Coast and Tarra Bulga National Park.
Quotes attributable to Darren Shiell, Ranger Team Leader–Shipwreck Coast & Hinterland:
“Easter Sunday was the second busiest day at the Twelve Apostles last year, so we’re again expecting up to 15,000 visitors daily across the long weekend.”
“Avoid the busiest times by visiting early in the morning, or head to other sites within Port Campbell National Park for a stunning sunset view.”
“Spectacular nearby spots include Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Arch and London Bridge.”
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