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CAMPING UPLIFT FOR THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD REGION – APOLLO BAY

PROJECT PRECINCT AND BACKGROUND

The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve (the Reserve) is located just outside of central Apollo Bay, beside the football oval and alongside the Barham River. 

The Reserve is home to the Apollo Bay Football Netball Club, Apollo Bay Cricket Club, Apollo Bay Tennis Club, the annual Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show and the Pony Club area on the other side of the Great Ocean Road. There are a variety of camping options and a small number of basic ensuite cabins.  To visit our Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve website, click here.  

The Reserve is currently considered to be underutilised by the general Apollo Bay community and visitors to the area. 
 
In a significant step towards ensuring camping is a viable accommodation option for more visitors to Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (the Authority) will deliver the Camping Uplift for the Great Ocean Road Region – Apollo Bay project in 2022. 
 
The project will provide accessible high-end camping accommodation at the Reserve with the installation of upmarket accommodation pods alongside more powered and unpowered camp sites, a Changing Places facility, and new amenities such as bathrooms, changerooms and an all abilities playground. 
 
The project is funded as part of the Tourism Infrastructure Program – Flagship projects for the region that was announced in the Victorian Government’s $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package. These works are also supported by the Great Ocean Road Visitor Experience Uplift grant from the Victorian Government and the new Changing Places facility is receiving $110,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Changing Places program.
 
The project will be completed in two phases. Phase One includes a camping uplift design process for the Reserve. Phase Two will include the development of a site masterplan for the Reserve. The masterplan will create a 10-year vision for the Reserve, taking the newly designed camping upgrades into consideration. Further detail on the project phases is available below.  
 
The project offers numerous benefits for the Apollo Bay region, the broader community and holiday makers to the Great Ocean Road and will make travelling to the iconic Great Ocean Road easier for people with disability. 

PROJECT TIMELINE 

January 2022 • Phase One of the project commences 
• Engagement with Community Reference Group and twelve-month permit holders at the
Reserve campground 
March – April 2022 • First iteration of Phase One concept plan released 
• Engagement with Gambier Street residents / property owners and Stakeholder
Reference Group (previously the Community Reference Group). 
May – June 2022 • Phase Two masterplan process commences, including revised version of concept plan 
• Engagement with all community, including local sporting groups and the Stakeholder
Reference Group 
July 2022 • Expected release of Masterplan Issues and Opportunities report 
August – November • Masterplan undergoes development 
November – December • Phase One upgrades to campground amenities and other works are expected to be
completed ahead of busy summer season. 
December • Draft masterplan released 
• Engagement with all community, including local sporting groups and Stakeholder
Reference Group 
February 2023 • Masterplan endorsed by the Authority’s board. 

Phase One of the project, including the camping uplift, will be delivered in 2022 and include: 

  • Installation of 10 unique, all season and DDA compliant camping accommodation offerings 
  • Installation of 10 glamping accommodation offerings 
  • Delivery of associated accessible facilities including a Changing Places facility, picnic facilities and all abilities playground 
  • Delivery of additional powered and unpowered camp sites with provisional locations (final campsite locations will be determined in the Phase Two masterplan engagement)  
  • Refurbishment of existing camping facilities, including amenities and kitchens, fire safety improvement works and guest Wi-Fi. 

The proposed improvements will expand and enhance the common area for all campers, visitors and Reserve users to access BBQ, picnic and playground facilities, including new all abilities play equipment, and upgrade the existing toilet and shower amenity block in this area to provide a Changing Places facility.  

These upgrades will improve the utilisation of the Reserve year-round and offer an enhanced visitor experience.  

 

CONCEPT PLAN  

Our thanks to all engaged groups and individuals for their feedback and insights which have guided the development of Phase One of the project, including the concept plan.  

To view the first iteration of the concept plan, released in March 2022, click here.

To view the second iteration of the concept plan, released in May 2022, click here.

A masterplan for the Reserve is being prepared in 2022, funded by the Camping Uplift for the Great Ocean Road Region – Apollo Bay project.  

The masterplan will establish a shared vision for the precinct to guide and manage change, whilst conserving and enhancing the natural, cultural, coastal, tourism and local community values of the area.  

It will create a 10-year vision for the Reserve, including developments from Phase One of the project. The masterplan will be delivered in consultation with partners, stakeholders and community.    

To learn more about engagement opportunities for the masterplan, please click here.

Community engagement for the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Masterplan is opening in late May 2022.   

The masterplan will create a 10-year vision for the Reserve, including developments from Phase One of the project. To ensure the masterplan reflects the natural, cultural, tourism and local community aspirations, it will be delivered in consultation with partners, stakeholders and community.   

Feedback will be sought on current and future uses of the Reserve, including the revised version of the camping uplift’s concept plan.  

To learn more about engagement opportunities for the masterplan, please click here

WHAT ENGAGEMENT HAS BEEN DONE TO DATE 

A project Community Reference Group was established to guide the development of Phase One of the project. This group included local community representatives, recreation reserve user groups and disability consultants. 

In April 2022 this group transitioned into the Stakeholder Reference Group. The Stakeholder Reference Group has an advisory role to assist with guiding the project, informing the development of the camping uplift designs, and participating in the masterplan process.

Membership of the Stakeholder Reference Group includes local representation from the Reserve’s sporting groups, twelve-month permit holders of the Reserve’s caravan park, the Colac Otway Shire Council, Great Ocean Road Health, the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce, Southern Otway Landcare network, an appointed representative from Gambier Street and disability consultants to ensure improvements and upgrades are appropriately considered.

To view the project Engagement Roadmap, click here.

FEEDBACK AND FAQ

If you have further comments or questions about the project, we invite you to review the FAQ document, concept plan and contact our Project Team at: ApolloBayRecReserveProject@GreatOceanRoadAuthority.vic.gov.au 

To view the project FAQ document, click here.