New coastal trail will offer stunning views
Friday 28 July, 2023
If you love walking and spectacular coastal views, there’s a new trail coming that you’ll want to put on your holiday to-do list.
An iconic trail is being created in one of the state’s newest parks - Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park - which stretches between San Remo and Inverloch on Bunurong Country.
An $8.33 million investment for Stage One will upgrade to extend the existing George Bass Coastal Walk to create a 32-kilometre journey along the park’s rugged coastline, beaches and dunes.
A range of improvements, subject to cultural and environmental approvals, will include three new lookouts providing spectacular views at the popular coastal visitor sites of Punchbowl, The Arch and Eagles Nest.
Trail links will be added to connect the existing network so people can walk all the way from The Punchbowl in San Remo to Cape Paterson. Car parking, signage and visitor information will also be upgraded.
The Bass Coast is easily accessible from Melbourne and a popular holiday destination. Linking existing trails to create a new long-distance walk will provide even more reasons for people to visit and support the local economy.
The new trail is being funded through the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, which is helping more Victorians from all walks of life, get out and explore the great outdoors and feel the health benefits of spending time in nature.
The $106.6 million program also established the new Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park in 2021 by combining existing parks and reserves along a 40-kilometre stretch of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch. The new park will better protect the natural and cultural heritage of this stretch of Bunurong Country while improving access, facilities and recreation opportunities.
Parks Victoria is working in partnership with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action, and Bass Coast Shire Council to create the trail.
Traditional Owners, stakeholders and hundreds of community members have been active in shaping the design for Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park as well as the route and facilities for the new trail.
Subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, construction is expected to start in 2024 and continue through 2025.