Great Ocean Road Upgrade

Transport Pillar

The Need

The National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road is the critical underpinning infrastructure that supports the Great Ocean Road region’s $2.1 billion tourism industry. Stretching for 243 kilometres, the Great Ocean Road is regarded as one of the world’s greatest coastal drives and provides an iconic driving experience, while also linking the numerous tourism villages and destinations along the coast.

The Great Ocean Road is a significant economic driver in the G21 region. It is essential that the road is maintained and developed to meet current and forecast usage. Its importance to the region’s economy cannot be overstated, with visitors accessing it from many locations including Avalon, Princes and Hamilton Highways and Queenscliff via road, ferry and rail.

Stage 1 - Funded (works ongoing)

Following a rigorous campaign by G21 and the then Geelong Otway Tourism (see campaign website OMGreatOceanRoad!) funding maintenance and upgrades along the Great Ocean Road of $50 million was announced in 2013, being a 50/50 share between the state and federal governments.

Since then, the road has been redeveloped with premium road surfaces, shoulder sealing and improvements to linking roads.

Over five years (to 2018), investment includes:

  • upgrades to the road pavement, structures, drainage, retaining walls and safety barriers
  • repairs and ongoing treatment of major landslips to minimise rock falls
  • improved line-marking and sign replacement
  • removal of hazardous trees and vegetation.

Stage 2 - Funded (works ongoing)

Further investment was subsequently identified as necessary to continue reconstruction and amenity upgrades necessary for safety and to reflect the road’s role as an international and domestic tourist showcase destination. This became especially critical when, during the winter of 2016, there was more than 120 land slips along the road, resulting in road closures for extended periods. As a result, further commitments were made by both the state and federal governments.

What has been committed

  • The federal government committed $25 million to upgrade the Great Ocean Road (2013 - as a result of G21's OMGreatOceanRoad campaign)
  • The state government committed $25 million to upgrade the Great Ocean Road (2013 - as a result of G21's OMGreatOceanRoad campaign)
  • The federal government made an election commitment of $25 million for further upgrades to the Great Ocean Road (June 2016)
  • The state government matched the federal election commitment, providing $25 million for further upgrades to the Great Ocean Road (Nov 2016)
  • The state government announced $2 million emergency project funding to build a concrete wall to stabilise the embankment between Wye River and Separation Creek in response to landslips (Nov 2016)
  • The state government committed $53 million for ongoing works beginning early 2017, specifically for resurfacing, stabilisation, signage and traffic management technology improvements (Dec 2016)