Otway Ranges Walking Track Association
Apollo Bay Trails Feasibility Study
Colac Otway Shire in partnership with Parks Victoria and the Otway Ranges Walking Track Association (ORWTA) during 2011-12 has developed the Apollo Bay Trails Feasibility Study. The Study aims were:
- To investigate the feasibility of a number of loop walks, or one-day walks, radiating from and linking to Apollo Bay.
- To prioritise and undertake detailed planning for those walks determined feasible.
The Feasibility Study has considered the following walks:
- Highview Trail, Wild Dog Trail, Wild Dog Falls Trail, Wild Dog Loop Trail, Wild Dog/Marriners Falls Link Trail and Barham River Shared Pathway
The following issues have been considered:
- Potential routes.
- Environmental impacts (including vegetation offsets).
- Non-European cultural impacts.
- European cultural impacts.
- Implication of potential routes on land tenure.
- Estimated costs for each walk.
- Possible funding sources for the future development of the walks.
- Governance arrangements for future management and maintenance including the role of each organisation as well as community volunteer groups and individuals.
At its January 2012 meeting, Council endorsed that the draft Apollo Bay Trails Feasibility Study be placed on public exhibition for a minimum period of six weeks.
At Council’s March 2012 meeting the Feasibility Study was adopted unanimously. The steering committee has launched a video which will assist with the next stage of raising funds and then promoting walking in the Otways.
The two walks recommended in the study for priority are:
- The Highview Walk, a 9 km track from the Apollo Bay Information Centre along the beach walk to Tuxion Rd, up Tuxion and Old Tuxion Rds to Crows Nest, then along the ridge through farmland and down Montrose Ave back to the Information Centre.
- The Wild Dog Trail, a 16 km walk from Turtons Track, through rainforest along Wild Dog Ridge (with a short detour to Sharp’s No 3 Mill), to Crows Nest then down to the Information Centre.
Parks Victoria Great Otway National Park
Coastal walking trails to lure tourists Colac Herald (Apr. 2011)
Trekkers find lost waterfalls The Age (Oct. 2003)
Sabine Falls win a reprieve OREN reprint from The Age (Jan. 2001)
For more information contact:
Ian Seuren, Colac Otway Shire, (03) 5232 9400