Bumper summer expected at Twelve Apostles
Parks Victoria is expecting increased crowds at the Twelve Apostles this summer, following annual rises over recent years.
Last summer, an estimated 690,000 people arrived at the popular destination, up eight per cent on the year prior and around 20 per cent on the year before that.
The week between Christmas and the New Year; the Chinese New Year festival; and the Easter long weekend are traditionally the busiest periods at the Twelve Apostles precinct, when daily peaks can reach 13,000 people. During the two-week long Chinese New Year festival in February this year an estimated 128,500 people visited, while there were around 25,000 people across Easter Saturday and Sunday.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit during peak periods this summer, Parks Victoria Rangers will be implementing a traffic and visitor management plan. The plan will include traffic controllers; additional parking arrangements; speed limit reductions; traffic-flow coordination; mandarin-speaking Park Rangers; mandarin-language signage; and roadside barriers to prevent unsafe parking.
There will also be additional Park Rangers on patrol throughout the Port Campbell National Park, including three new Seasonal Park Rangers.
To help protect the pristine coastal environment and prevent visitors climbing onto unsafe clifftops, there have been fencing upgrades to lookouts at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps.
With park visitation increasing, significant infrastructure projects have recently commenced to improve the visitor experience, and benefit the environment and local communities. Part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, these projects include the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and Saddle Lookout. Work on new sewage and potable water pipelines connecting the Twelve Apostles to Port Campbell services has also commenced.
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