Popular walk re-opens at Loch Ard Gorge
Thursday 11 June, 2020
Parks Victoria has reopened the Razorback Bay walking trail at the Loch Ard Gorge visitor precinct in Port Campbell National Park.
The trail has been realigned after a geological assessment indicated instability in a section of clifftop terrain.
The new route maintains the views over the narrow, elongated rock stack known as ‘Razorback’ and also across to stunning Island Arch. Connections with the popular Geology Loop walk and lookout have also been maintained.
The famous cliffs and rock stacks along this stretch of coastline are continually eroding due to a combination of ocean and weather. While these natural elements have shaped the region’s iconic formations, they also create an ongoing challenge for land managers.
Parks Victoria regularly monitors the condition of visitor sites, some of which are temporarily closed to allow for engineering and safety assessments, upgrades or realignments to take place.
Parks Victoria hopes the re-opened Razorback Bay walking trail will provide another reason for people to enjoy the region, supporting visitation to the towns around the Port Campbell National Park.
While many parks have been closed or restricted during recent months to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Parks Victoria has been able to progress a number of construction projects, such as the Razorback Bay walk, in line with physical distancing and hygiene requirements.
At nearby Port Campbell, works have also continued on the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that will connect the town with the national park, as part of Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.
Quotes attributable to Michael Smith, Area Chief Ranger–Parks Victoria:
“It’s exciting to see this popular walk reopened, particularly as people are again getting out into parks in-line with physical distancing requirements.”
“This is a spectacular but fragile part of the world, and the movement of cliffs and terrain here is something we will always need to manage. On occasions this will mean closing visitor sites so that they can be assessed to ensure the safety of the public, contractors and Parks Victoria staff.”
“While the Victorian Government has recently announced an easing of restrictions, visitors to parks and reserves are reminded to stay safe by maintaining good hygiene, keeping at a distance from others and staying home if feeling unwell.”