Region ready for tourism onslaught

Townsville tourist Sydney Mayer poses by the masthead at the start of the Great Ocean Walk at Apollo Bay. The walk is expected to be a popular tourist drawcard over summer.

Townsville tourist Sydney Mayer poses by the masthead at the start of the Great Ocean Walk at Apollo Bay. The walk is expected to be a popular tourist drawcard over summer.

A COLAC district tourism expert expects accommodation to be “full throughout the region” and tourist attractions to benefit from a bumper summer ahead.

Colac Otway Shire Council tourism development officer Adrian Healey made the prediction as the region’s coastal towns such as Apollo Bay enter peak tourism season.

Mr Healey said the population of Apollo Bay would increase to up to 15,000 people during the Christmas period.

“It’s always incredibly busy,” he said.

“Everyone is flat out over the summer which will boost the local economy, and if we get a beautiful summer it’s a great thing because everyone has a great opportunity to enjoy Christmas holidays on the beach.

“But alternatively that’s the great thing about the Otways, if the weather is not there; we have still got plenty of offerings for visitors when they come to our region.”

Mr Healey said Apollo Bay’s Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre received inquiries about attractions such as the Great Ocean Walk, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and the Cape Otway Lightstation.

He said the Great Ocean Walk in particular had benefitted from track re-alignments and the installation of a masthead at the start of the walk.

“The trailhead is really spectacular for the foreshore, we have the beautiful sculptures that are there already and I think it adds to that as a facility,” he said.

“Some of the track work that has been done is amazing, especially around Crayfish Bay, it’s an incredible product.”

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