It’s Tourism Recovery Time!
The Victorian Government recently announced a $465 million Tourism Recovery Package to help out our local industry. The funding will help the industry bounce back after the year that was 2020. Bushfires and Covid-lockdowns are not going to keep us down – it’s time to build back better! Here are some of the new developments and improvements that we look forward to seeing at our favourite destinations.
It’s Tourism Recovery time!
Great Ocean Road
This iconic destination is a favourite with international visitors and locals alike. From the rolling waves of the Surf Coast, to incredible rainforest walks and jaw-dropping views of the 12 Apostles – it’s our piece of paradise. The Tourism Recovery Package is going to provide a big boost for this region. More than $47.5 million will be spent to build better visitor infrastructure, including $2 million to build more campsites along the Surf Coast. There will also be a coastal walking trail built from Fairhaven to Grey River with up to five new swing suspension bridges along the way.
Wilsons Promontory National Park is a nature-lover’s destination. This incredible area is where mountains and forests meet pristine beaches and the Southern Ocean. It’s also a great destination to see native Australian animals in the wild. Kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, echidnas and a huge array of bird life – including emus – call this National Park home. The government’s Tourism Recovery Package will provide Wilson Prom with a $23 million upgrade. The funding will be used to improve facilities for visitors, but also to protect the native trees and animals. Included in the plans is a $6 million predator-proof fence which will stretch 10 kilometres from coast to coast to prevent access to the park by foxes, cats, deer and rabbits.
Grampians National Park
Heading out west from Melbourne, you pass through farming country before seeing a beautiful mountain range rising up out of the plains. The Grampians National Park, once known as Gariwerd by local Aboriginal tribes, is an incredible region for explorers. We head there on our 2-day Adventure to hike the rocky trails, spot local wildlife and search out waterfalls. The $13 million of Tourism Recovery Funding to be spent in the Grampians region will include upgrades to some of the hiking trails and to the visitor facilities at Mackenzie Falls.
We look forward to seeing these improvements and many more in regional Victoria. 2021 is set to be a year of recovery for our local tourism industry. We hope you can join us when we get back out on the road to explore these world-class destinations!