$1,000,000 has been allocated to improve the visitor experience at the Twelve Apostles in the short term.
The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre is a major tourist attraction for Victoria, currently attracting up to 10,000 visitors a day, with 14,000 per day predicted by 2034.
Stage 1 of landscaping works in the car park have been completed. Rust treatment and painting of the visitor facility has also been completed along with plumbing works and floor retiling in the male toilets and improvements to barriers at Castle Rock lookout.
Planning is underway to identify other projects and improvement works. It is anticipated that improvement works will continue to mid-2017.
Installation of Wi-Fi infrastructure at the Twelve Apostles will enable digital Interpretation, through a combination of mobile applications technology or beacons/ sensors placed throughout the site.
Parks Victoria has started scoping for this project. Further details will be provided as it moves into planning stage.
Castle Rock provides a great view for visitors to the Twelve Apostles. The Victorian Government is investing $2.4 million to build a new lookout structure at 'The Saddle'. This will replace the existing 'bunker' lookout at Castle Rock.
The proposed improved visitor infrastructure will improve the view and provide a safer visitor experience.
Parks Victoria commenced early investigatory works in July including seismic testing and survey work. The next phase of geotechnical investigations will begin after the September school holidays with a drilling rig used to identify suitable foundations for the lookout by drilling approximately 40 metres down through the cliff to below sea level.
The Blowhole lookout is in the Loch Ard Gorge precinct. The Victorian Government is investing $1.2 million to build a lookout. Visitor access to the blow hole has been closed for some years as the visitor infrastructure became unsafe over time. The proposed improved visitor infrastructure is a lookout to create thrilling views to the sea below.
Preliminary geotechnical investigations have been completed at the Blowhole site and more detailed seismic testing will begin in mid October
Concept design for the lookout will be done throughout 2017. It is anticipated that construction will start late in 2018 and be completed in 2019.
The Victorian Government is investing $3.2 million in Port Campbell to rebuild a pedestrian bridge over the local creek and into the adjoining Port Campbell National Park. Early investigation works being undertaken by Parks Victoria includes seismic testing, geotechnical drilling and survey work due for completion by early November 2016.
The next steps for this project include concept design of the bridge and connectivity to surrounding landscape.
Parks Victoria will work with interested local community members through the detailed design phase to make sure the bridge meets the access needs of the local community and visitors alike.
It is anticipated that this project will be completed in 2019.