Twelve Apostles visitors asked to plan ahead this Christmas
Saturday 14 December, 2019
Speed limit reductions, Mandarin-speaking Rangers, traffic control from Saturday 21 December.
Visitors to the Twelve Apostles during the Christmas period are encouraged to plan ahead, with increased traffic expected around the popular destination.
Last year more than 10,000 people visited the Twelve Apostles each day of the Christmas week, with 15,000 arriving on Christmas Day – the highest number recorded by Parks Victoria.
To reduce congestion and manage visitor safety this year, speed limit reductions, roadside barriers, dual-language message boards, traffic control and additional parking arrangements will be implemented between 21 December 2019 and 6 January 2020, and then on weekends throughout January.
Parks Victoria will also have additional staff in the area to help visitors enjoy their stay, learn more the Port Campbell National Park, and hear about other attractions in the area. This includes three Mandarin-speaking Rangers who will provide park information and assistance to international visitors.
Victoria Police will also have an increased presence, undertaking safety patrols to ensure speed limits and traffic directions are observed.
With tens-of-thousands of people arriving during Victoria’s hot summer, Park Rangers are also asking people to take care of the environment, themselves and others. To protect the fragile environment that is home to sensitive plant and animal species, visitors should stay on paths and behind barriers, and take their rubbish with them. To ensure their own safety in the exposed landscape, visitors should wear appropriate clothing, bring water and sunscreen, observe warning signs and play it safe by the water.
Visitor and traffic management has been successfully implemented around the Twelve Apostles visitor precinct on peak visitor periods this year, including Chinese New Year, Easter, and the Grand Final and Melbourne Cup long weekends.
The plan to reduce congestion and improve safety on the Great Ocean Road was developed and is supported operationally and financially by Regional Development Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria, Victoria Police and Great Ocean Road Tourism.
Traffic and road safety changes
- Roadside barriers: To prevent illegal roadside parking, barriers will be installed along the Great Ocean Road, from approximately 200 metres west of the Twelve Apostles visitor centre to 300 metres east of Gibson Steps, and 200 metres each side of the Loch Ard Gorge carpark entrance.
- Speed limit reductions: To ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers, the speed limit in these same locations will be reduced to 40kms during operational times, and 60kms otherwise.
- Traffic control: Signage and dedicated traffic control staff will direct vehicles to ensure traffic flow into and around the precinct carparks.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, Area Chief Ranger, Michael Smith:
“To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit over the Christmas period, we’re implementing a traffic management plan and will have extra staff out-and-about in the national park.”
“With many people expected along the Great Ocean Road and through the national park, we’re asking visitors to observe speed limits, signage and traffic controllers – and most importantly, take care of themselves.”
“To get the most of the trip, I encourage people to arrive early and then consider the other spectacular nearby attractions such as the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs and London Bridge, and local townships like Port Campbell, Timboon and Cobden.”