28 September 2016
In late July 2016 early investigation works began at Castle Rock at the Twelve Apostles, the closed blow hole in the Loch Ard Gorge precinct and at Campbell's Creek in Port Campbell. All of these sites have been identified as key locations for improved visitor infrastructure in the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan released last year.
Castle Rock and the Blowhole are both locations for new viewing platforms. Port Campbell's creek is set to gain a new pedestrian bridge and connection to Discovery Walk.
The first stage of early investigative works includes site surveys and seismic testing to help pinpoint the best location to build the new infrastructure.
After the September school holidays the second stage of geotechnical investigation works began at the three sites to identify the best location for lookout foundations and suitable structures.
These investigations will use a portable rig to drill down up to 40 metres through the limestone cliffs at the Castle Rock lookout and 20 – 25 metres down through the cliff nearby the blow hole.
The rig will then be relocated to Port Campbell Creek at the back of the caravan park to investigate the footings for the new pedestrian footbridge. It is planned that the pedestrian footbridge will be re-built near the historic site of the previous bridge. The final detailed design for the footbridge will be planned in consultation with interested local stakeholders.