The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is undertaking a study to assess the value, benefits and options for a coastal walking and/or cycling trail between Fairhaven and Skenes Creek, in Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region.

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It attracts millions of visitors each year, supporting local communities and the economy.

This study is focused on the 60 kilometres of coastline between Fairhaven and Skenes Creek.

The Fairhaven to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail Study is:

  • considering potential opportunities and challenges associated with trail development
  • identifying a feasible route, developing a draft concept design and estimating construction costs
  • considering the social, economic and environmental benefits of a trail.

It will also look at how new sections of trail could connect with existing and already planned trails to provide a network of coastal walks from Torquay to Apollo Bay.

Study area

Study area

Consultation is currently closed - thank you for your feedback

Consultation to inform the study was undertaken during May-August 2019.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views, vision and local knowledge with us.

Over two consultation phases, we had more than 100 conversations about the opportunities, challenges and design of a potential trail and received around 300 feedback submissions.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your views and ideas. Feedback will be used to help inform recommendations for the trail’s route and potential future development.

Information about the study and draft trail concept plans are still available to view in the document library.

Next steps

Consultation on the Fairhaven to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail Study is currently closed. The next phase in the trail’s development is likely to include further environmental and technical investigations. To receive updates, please subscribe to email updates below.