Yallock-Bulluk Access and Infrastructure improvements
December 2022: Late Spring/Summer flora targeted fieldwork surveys in progress
October 2022: Planning underway, flora surveys underway
As part of the $105.6 million investment into Victoria’s Great Outdoors, the Victorian Government last year created the new Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. It combines existing parks and reserves along a 40-kilometre stretch of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch on Bunurong Country to better protect natural and cultural values, improve access, and enhance recreational opportunities.
Based on ideas from Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, stakeholders and hundreds of community members, and a range of technical studies, an Access and Infrastructure Plan has been created for the park. The plan includes information about visitor areas, facilities, proposed trail routes, better links between coastal towns, and the various experiences people may have in the park.
A key element of the plan is a 32-kilometre trail experience between San Remo and Cape Paterson that will extend and incorporate existing tracks, clearings and trails, including the seven-kilometre George Bass Coastal Walk.
There will also be walks of different lengths and difficulties through the varied and beautiful terrain of Bunurong Country. Visitors will be able to enjoy everything from a single hour loop-walk to a multi-day experience once all elements of the plan are completed.
The plan also details supporting trail and park infrastructure such as rest stops, lookouts and car park upgrades.
Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform exactly where, when and how components of the project are delivered.
Visitors will be able to take a stunning 32-kilometre coastal walk, which will provide them with a new experience, stunning coastal views from new locations and more access to the beauty of the coastline between San Remo and Cape Paterson.
A well-designed trail network that meets people’s needs will better protect the environment by keeping visitors on the designated tracks to protect sensitive coastal vegetation and species and important cultural heritage.
The feedback of many local communities has been considered to plan specific elements of the trail and facilities. Find out more information on this.
Along with other walking and cycling trails and new facilities, this long-distance walk will increase visitation to the area and encourage people to stay longer and explore further, boosting tourism and supporting the regional economy.
This project received $19.6 million funding through the Victorian Government’s Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.
Some flora surveys have begun. These important surveys will target threatened species and will be completed by December 2022.
Subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, work is scheduled to begin on priority sections of the trail in Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park and other facilities in 2023.
This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.
The trail proposed in the Access and Infrastructure Plan will be constructed in phases based on funding.
Environment and cultural heritage management
The Access and Infrastructure Plan has been informed by a range of technical studies, including pre-colonial Aboriginal and colonial cultural heritage; and environmental studies such as natural values, coastal processes and climate change assessments.
Additional studies will be undertaken as specific elements of the project progress.
Who are we working with?
This project is being delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Parks Victoria in partnership with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Bass Coast Shire Council.
Parks Victoria will provide updates and information as the project progresses. To stay up to date please register your interest to receive community updates via this link. You can also email us at ParkPlan@parks.vic.gov.au. As the project progresses, information on this page will be updated regularly.
Find out more information on the Access and Infrastructure Plan
Read the FAQs on the Access and Infrastructure Plan