Delivering Stage One

Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan has seen the Victorian Government invest $9.8 million to improve bridges, look outs and information technology along this highly visited stretch of the Great Ocean Road.

This investment is the first step in bringing the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan to life and is being made in recognition of the importance of the Shipwreck Coast for the state's $21 billion visitor economy. For more information see the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy.

Stage One of the Master Plan will deliver:

  • New world class lookout structures at the Saddle and the Blowhole, Port Campbell National Park;
  • A new pedestrian bridge over Port Campbell Creek in Port Campbell;
  • Better telecommunications, wifi and digital interpretation platform to enhance the experience for visitors, focused on the Twelve Apostles; and
  • Planning for future Stages of the Master Plan.

The benefits of the $9.8 million investment are estimated to be:

  • Approximately 120 ongoing jobs (plus 85 during construction)
  • $12 million added each year to the regional economy
  • $14 million annual increase in visitor spend
  • 263,000 increase in visitor numbers

Stage One Concept Designs Engagement

In May 2018, Parks Victoria, in partnership with Traditional Owners, invited community and stakeholder feedback on the design of three Stage One infrastructure projects, including new lookouts at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Precinct, and the new pedestrian bridge in Port Campbell.

Feedback received during the engagement process is detailed in the Engagement Summary Report (PDF, 1.4 MB) (July 2018). The design team and Parks Victoria has reviewed and considered all feedback and provided responses to key themes for each of the three projects.

Our Partners

The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is being delivered through a partnership approach.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are lead departments for the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, in collaboration with Parks Victoria.

An intergovernmental steering committee has been established to oversee implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and related projects.

The Steering Committee comprises key Victorian public sector entities (DEDJTR, DELWP, Department of Treasury and Finance, Regional Development Victoria, VicRoads, Parks Victoria, Visit Victoria), Regional Development Australia Barwon South West Committee, Corangamite Shire, Moyne Shire, and the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board.

Page last updated: 09/07/19