Beach in Jan Juc Reopens Following Geotechnical Assessment

Published on 24 April 2024

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The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority has reopened the section of beach to the south-west of Jan Juc Beach, extending between Bird Rock and Sparrows.

The beach was temporarily closed in February 2024 after reports of tension cracks in the cliff tops raised concerns for public safety.

Geotechnical consultants have conducted thorough assessments, confirming that the observed tension cracks are confined to the top layer of the cliffs. Consequently, they pose no increased risk to the safety of beachgoers or users of the Surf Coast Walk (Bells Track).

The Authority has removed all signage related to the temporary closure and is collaborating with geotechnical engineers to enhance its monitoring protocols for future safety evaluations.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to report any new cracks, cliff falls, or changes to cliffs along the coastline to the coastal reserves team via to ensure prompt implementation of appropriate risk management measures.

When enjoying the coastline, individuals are reminded to:

  • Steer clear of cliffs and caves.
  • Stay on established tracks at all times.
  • Adhere to signage and follow official guidance.
  • Inform others of potential risks.

The permanent closure of the beach at Grinders/Demons Bluff in Anglesea, due to the significant risk of cliff falls, remains in effect.


Quotes attributable to Director Environment & Coastal Operations, Lisa Mills

"Our first priority is always the safety of our community and visitors.”

“We’re pleased to confirm the reopening the beach in Jan Juc following thorough assessments by independent geotechnical experts.”

“As always, when enjoying our coastline, individuals are reminded to steer clear of cliffs and caves, stay on established tracks, adhere to signage, and inform others of potential risks.”