Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Pre-Staging Works set to begin

Published on 18 March 2024


The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority is thrilled to announce the commencement of pre-staging works at the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve, marking a significant milestone under the Camping Uplift initiative.

Following an extensive master planning process in 2022-2023, the Authority Board unanimously endorsed the 10-year Masterplan for the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve, providing a clear direction for its future.

As a means of cleaning up the site and to pave the way for construction of Stage 1 Northern Accommodation Precinct, the Reserve campground will undergo temporary closure from Wednesday, April 17, for approximately five months. This closure is necessary to facilitate pre-staging works, laying the foundation for future improvements.

Despite the temporary closure of the campground area, recreational and sporting club activities will continue to operate as usual. Alternative camping is available at Marengo Family Caravan Park and Skenes Creek Foreshore Caravan Park.

Safety measures will be in place, with the construction zone clearly defined. We urge both locals and visiting recreation users to adhere to safety instructions while these vital works are underway.

Looking ahead, the next step involves the detailed design for the Northern Accommodation Precinct, and we’re excited to announce Brand Architects will lead this endeavour.

Brand Architects bring a wealth of community recreation and sports precinct design experience, with notable projects including the award-winning MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve in Melton, the Reid Oval Redevelopment in Warrnambool, and the West Oval regional sporting and community facility in North Geelong.

Pre-staging works are slated to commence following the off-peak camping closure in April 2024.

The Camping Uplift project is made possible through funding from the Victorian Government and the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.

Meanwhile, the Authority is actively seeking funding through the Federal Government Regional Precincts & Partnerships Fund to further improve the reserve's amenities. Proposed works include upgrades to netball and tennis courts, an all-abilities community playground, designs to address seasonal worker accommodation needs, design of the pavilion and tourism accommodation facilities.

Quotes Attributable to Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority CEO, Jodie Sizer

"The start of project delivery at the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve is an important step towards our mission to create more accessible and inclusive holiday experiences along the Great Ocean Road.”

“Through the Camping Uplift initiative, our commitment is clear: to ensure that our parks and camping reserves become spaces that are fit-for-purpose, easier to use and more enjoyable for all."