The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is assessing 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 will focus on the 60 kilometres of coastline between Fairhaven and Skenes Creek.
The Fairhaven to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail Study will:
- consider potential opportunities and challenges associated with trail development
- identify a feasible route and develop concept designs
- assess social, economic and environmental benefits of a trail
- estimate construction costs.
It will investigate 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.
Comment on a draft trail concept
Please use the survey below to comment on the draft trail concept. You can find information and maps in the document library to learn more and help develop your feedback.
Specialist trail designers have undertaken desktop assessments and field work to identify route options and develop a draft trail concept. They have considered:
- feedback from government agencies, councils, community and business groups, user groups, residents and visitors
- connections to and use of existing trails
- connections to townships
- land ownership
- local typography and environment
Design development is still at an early stage and your feedback will be used to help inform recommendations for the trail's route and potential future development.
What we've heard so far
During community discussions in June, we spoke to local residents and visitors to the area about potential opportunities and challenges and to understand their vision for this trail.
We held four community sessions in Melbourne, Wye River, Lorne and Apollo Bay and people also shared their ideas online. Altogether we received 200 survey submissions.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us. This feedback has been important in developing the design principles and a draft trail concept.