Reflecting What We Heard for Cliff Top Trail

Published on 17 May 2024


The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority is taking action to ensure trail users can continue moving safely between the Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club and Rocky Point.

Due to waves and storm surges impacting the cliff in this area, sections of the trail may become unsafe and have to permanently close within the next few years.

During January, we engaged with the community to better understand the ways you value this part of the coast, and to share our approach to managing safety issues impacting the cliff trail.

We are grateful for the valuable feedback and support received from the community during our engagement process.

Seventy per cent of survey respondents were supportive of management actions we are taking to ensure trail user safety. We’ve captured this feedback and how we are responding in our Engagement Summary Report.

The full Engagement Summary Report can be viewed at: Jan Juc to Torquay Cliff Trail Safety

To prepare for the anticipated impacts, we intend to build a new link that connects the coastal trail to the inland trail that runs alongside the Torquay Golf Course. This will enable the western section of the cliff trail to remain in use, after the expected closure of the eastern section.

This linking trail will preserve the coastal views and experiences treasured by trail users. It will also maintain beach access to the eastern end of Jan Juc Beach, which will assist at high tide.

We remain committed to providing safe access for everyone who visits the coast.