Lorne caring along the Bert Alsop Track


The Bert Alsop Track is a scenic walking track along the Lorne foreshore, linking North Lorne to the town’s centre and offering views across Louttit Bay and is a popular route for cyclists, walkers, and joggers.

Over the past 6 months the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s conservation team has been busy with the woody weed removal that started with the Green Army program in 2016, and the end of 2017 saw all of the woody weeds from the start of the track to the ‘Fat Ladies’ car park removed. This was done with the generous help of a Ford corporate group, LorneCare volunteers, and Great Ocean Road Coast’s conservation and foreshore teams.

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Wild weather for KAOS


Hundreds of kids aged between 3 and 13 descended down the coast to Anglesea last weekend as part of the Kids Adventures Outdoors (KAOS).

KAOS Anglesea is an adventure festival designed to encourage, nurture and provide the opportunity for families and kids to explore and take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities. Read more

Tis the season to be safe


Summer is the perfect time to visit our beautiful beaches along the surf coast and enjoy the glorious sunshine.

To ensure everyone has a great time this holiday season, read our top tips for keeping you and your family safe.

Photo: Ferne Millen Photography
Photo: Ferne Millen Photography

Water safety

Swim between the flags

Swimming between the flags is one of the easiest ways to stay safe this summer. Volunteer and paid lifeguards are patrolling Victorian beaches all summer to help protect beachgoers. The ocean is unpredictable which is why you always need someone looking out for you.

If you have young children, please remember that you must be within an arm’s reach of your child at all times and give them your full attention to ensure their safety.

You can view a full list of patrolled beaches and key dates in Victoria on Life Saving Victoria’s website. http://www.lifesavingvictoria.com.au/www/html/1402-patrolled-beaches.asp

If you are swimming in an unpatrolled beach, make sure you read and obey the safety signs and check that it is okay to swim before you enter the water as conditions can change regularly. It is vital that you know how to swim well and always recommended to have someone to look out for you whilst you are in the water.

More safety by the water information can be found on Life Saving Victoria’s website.

Wear a lifejacket

The Victorian boating regulations require Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) to be carried on a boat for all persons.

All occupants must  wear a PFD if they are:

  • in a powerboat up to and including 4.8 metres in length
  • off-the-beach sailing yachts
  • in a personal watercraft
  • using canoes, kayaks, rowing boats and rafts
  • using a pedal boats, fun boats and stand up paddle boards
  • kite boarding and sail boarding
  • a recreational tenders
  • a child under the age of 10

For more information about the Victorian regulations click here.

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Take caution around cliffs

Many areas along the coast are subject to seasonal coastline erosion, especially Jan Juc and Anglesea regions causing unstable cliffs. To keep your family safe, please read and obey the advisory signs and take care when near cliffs. It is recommended to stay on designated walking tracks to avoid areas of cliff instability.

What can I do?

  • Avoid walking near cliff edges, or at the base of cliffs especially after wet weather and high tides
  • Keep to the walking tracks
  • Do not climb on cliffs as this can cause localised damage and increase the rate of erosion
  • Avoid damaging the vegetation as this promotes water infiltration and reduces erosive runoff
  • Obey all signs and stay behind safety fences
  • If you see evidence of a recent cliff collapse, take a photo and report it to your local land manager

For more information about unstable cliffs visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website click here.

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Time check the tides

There are several spots between Point Addis and Anglesea River that can become impassable at high tide. It is important to check the current tide times and be aware of tidal changes to avoid being caught. Always read the warning signs and familiarise yourself with the area before walking along the coastline. If you are unsure about an area ask a local or seek further information.

For information about local coastal walks and their accessibility click here.

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Take care, be aware and share on the Surf Coast Walk


Offering natural beauty and easy access, the recently redeveloped Surf Coast Walk along the edge of the Great Ocean Road offers a world-class walking destination for all to enjoy.

The track has proved popular since its official reopening last year and from dogs to bicycles to pram to runners, everyone is out and about enjoying different sections at different paces.

In recognition of the multiple uses of the track and in response to some community concern around safety,  GORCC has installed some signs in high use areas around Torquay and Jan Juc, to promote safe shared use.

One of the four signs located in Torquay and Jan Juc
One of the four signs located in Torquay and Jan Juc

The Take care- Be aware- Share campaign encourages those who are cycling along the path to:

  • Give way to pedestrians
  • Travel at safe speeds
  • sSlow down and use their bell when passin

The signs also remind dog owners to clean up after their pets and to keep appropriate control over them at all times. Additionally, all users are asked to be vigilant of vegetation and wildlife and to keep to the left of the paths.

To stay safe and ensure you have an enjoyable Surf Coast Walk experience you should also:

  • Wearing sturdy, non-slip footwear
  • Carry plenty of drinking water and a well-charged mobile phone
  • Take care when walking near the edge or base of cliffs
  • Beware of snakes in late spring and summer
  • On days of extreme fire to seek information from Visitor Information Centres or the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, as some walks may be closed to the public.
Angela Norris and her two dogs Ollie & Shegi enjoying the Surf Coast Walk
Angela Norris and her two dogs Ollie & Shegi enjoying the Surf Coast Walk

More information including detailed maps are available at http://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/surfcoastwalk.

More tips on staying safe on the coast are available here.

Did you know the Surf Coast Walk also has an official volunteer group, the Friends of the Surf Coast Walk?

Have you been out and about on the Surf Coast Walk lately? Let us know below or join in the conversation on the official Surf Coast Walk Facebook page.

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Steps to stay safe on the beach


As summer is fast approaching and the weather is warming up more and more visitors are descending on the coast and it is vital you take extra precautions on our beaches to ensure your safety.

GORCC has been calling for all coastal users to take heed of signage, particularly in areas of shared use such as Fishermans Beach.  Read the full media release.

Enjoy the water safely: 

Ensure you read signs on the beach before entering the water.

If you are thinking about swimming ensure you know which beaches are patrolled or unpatrolled to ensure your safety.

You can view a full list of patrolled beaches and key dates in Victoria on Life Saving Victoria’s website. 

During summer, many of our beaches are patrolled by life savers with red and yellow flags indicating the safest areas to swim at each beach – please swim between the flags.

If you are using an unpatrolled beach, make sure you:

  • Read and obey the safety signs
  • Know how to swim
  • Always swim under supervision or with a friend
  • Check it’s okay to swim before you enter the water, conditions change regularly, and
  • If you are unsure of conditions, ask a lifesaver or give it a miss.

Other tips for ensuring your safety in or by the water can be found on our website.

Take care near cliffs
Many cliffs along the Great Ocean Road coast, particularly in the area between Jan Juc and Point Roadknight, and also at Aireys Inlet, are susceptible to instability. Consequently, you should pay attention to advisory signs, take care near cliffs, keep to designated walking tracks and avoid areas of cliff instability.

Areas of seasonal coastal shoreline erosion can also create unstable, temporary ‘sand cliffs’ which are not like normal cliffs and are more susceptible to collapse.

Protect the coast and others – don’t litter! 

Smoking and glass containers are banned from all beaches.

To ensure the safety of all enjoying the coast this summer and to ensure our coast remains healthy and litter free, especially now during the busier months, please remember smoking and glass containers are banned from all beaches.

Several designated foreshore grass areas are also glass-free between 9pm to 6am from mid-November to end-January each year.

Why we enforce bans:

  • The bans aim to reduce the negative impacts of smoking and glass on our beaches.
  • Cigarette butts are a litter and environmental nuisance while glass is a safety and litter issue. Both cause untold damage to people, wildlife and the coast.

So please do your bit and use the bins located in grassed foreshore areas and adjacent to sand areas to dispose of your butts, bottles and other litter.

Click here for more tips on enjoying the coast safely this summer.

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Snakes active on coast


Tiger Snakes and Lowland Copperheads are starting to get more active along the Surf Coast as we move into the warmer weather.

Snakes are out and about on the coast as we head into warmer weather – take care!

In a media release from the Department of Environment and Sustainability (DSE) it was reported the arrival of spring weather means more people are getting outdoors at the same time that snakes are coming out of hibernation.

DSE Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) Senior Scientist Nick Clemann said snakes will be emerging from their hibernation over winter to bask in the sun and start moving about to look for food and a mate.

“Spring means more people are out walking their dogs, cycling, bush-walking, enjoying parks and gardening so, depending on where they live and walk, they are quite likely to encounter a snake,” Mr Clemann said.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee encourages the community to keep dogs on leads, and steer clear of long grasses, rocks and bushes where snakes might be lurking.

DSE have provided some key points to remember about living in an area with snakes:

  • If you see a snake – keep calm and try to move yourself, anyone with you and your pets away from the snake.
  • Never touch or attempt to capture or hurt snakes – instead call DSE on 136 186 for further advice, or call a licensed snake catcher.
  • Have a spring clean – clean up around the house and cut lawns regularly – snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, or building materials.
  • Undertake first aid training, ensure your first aid kit contains several compression bandages, and if someone is bitten, call 000 immediately.
  • Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It is illegal to capture, kill or harm them. Bites can occur when people try to kill snakes.

What to look out for:

For further information and descriptions of the Lowland Copperhead and Tiger Snake  visit The Australian Reptile Park website.

For a full list of snakes in Victoria visit the Museum Victoria website.

Take a look at some other ways to stay safe on the coast here.

Click for fun, free learning


From board games to brain teasers, puzzles to excursion maps; you will be amazed by the richness of the coast and discover heaps along the way!

Students from Aireys Inlet Primary School enjoying the fun activities GORCC has created

As much as we love a day on the beach swimming and surfing, sometimes the weather doesn’t allow it.

So if you’re faced with a rainy day, why not take a look at GORCC’s new interactive suite of activities which range from board games to brain teasers and puzzles to excursion maps.

Schools and families can now access free, printable activities offering fun ways for all ages to learn about the local environment either from the comfort of their home or classroom or out and about on the coast.

GORCC Community Liaison Manager Jane Rowlands said the activities would suit kids of all ages, at school and at home.

“The activities are a fun, accessible and educational option for those wet weather days when swimming isn’t an option, for inspiration in the classroom or when you want to add a little bit of interest to your coastal walk,” she said.

Ms. Rowlands said the activities were designed to cover a breadth of education topics, raise environmental awareness and promote discussions with others.

There are so many ways to get involved with the coast, one being the Environmental Education Program for schools and groups offered through GORCC.

Some Geelong Lutheran College Students taking part in GORCC’s Environmental Education Activities Program

Giving back to the environment is rewarding as is making new friends with other volunteers whilst protecting and enhancing the coast.

For more information on volunteering click here

To access the free, printable education activities click here

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