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  1. Evolution of a ‘Great Walk’

  2. Evolution of a ‘Great Walk’

  3. IDEAS • Germination • Breeding • Keeping the flame alight

  4. GREATNESS • Does size count? • No it is the experience!

  5. Victoria’s outstanding long distance coastal walk www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

  6. The Great Ocean Road region The Otways and shipwreck coast www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

  7. Stretching 91km from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

  8. 8 days and 7 nights www.parkweb.vic.gov.au Day 1(10 km) - Apollo Bay (Marengo) to Elliot Ridge Day 2(11 km) - Elliot Ridge to Blanket Bay Day 3 (10 km) - Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Day 4 (10 km) - Cape Otway to Aire River Day 5 (12.5 km) - Aire River to Johanna Beach Day 6 (11 km) - Johanna Beach to Melanesia Beach Day 7 (15 km) - Melanesia Beach to Devils Kitchen Day 8 (11 km) - Devils Kitchen to Glenample Homestead

  9. Step on - Step off www.parkweb.vic.gov.au • For a Short Walk • For a Day Walk • For an Overnight Walk • Take the Hike

  10. Where to stay www.parkweb.vic.gov.au Camp in the park An intimate, secluded site or socialise in an open setting Off park - roofed Seek some comfort in basic to luxury accommodation pampering to your needs

  11. Future options for walkers www.parkweb.vic.gov.au Transport services Baggage services Quality interpretation Guided walks Food provision

  12. PRINCIPLES • Quality experience • Resource protection • Partnerships and economic benefits

  13. QUALITY EXPERIENCE • Engaging & Enlightening • Diverse & interesting • Rewarding & Memorable • Social • Show DVD

  14. RESOURCE PROTECTION • Understand what we have • Research what we don’t know • Terrain assessment • Decision making

  15. PARTNERSHIPS & ECONOMICS • Relationships • Economic need • Opportunity

  16. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • In places of scenic beauty or rich cultural heritage • Eg, Swiss Alps

  17. A GOOD TRACK • Well located and constructed track • Eg Tasmania

  18. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Status and recognition • Eg. Milford track

  19. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Appropriate resourcing • Cost recovery, • Volunteering • Eg • Cinque Terre

  20. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Product matching • Eg Dolphin Trail

  21. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Hiker expectations are met or exceeded • Eg Torres • Del Paine

  22. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Combination with accommodation and transport • Eg Dolomites

  23. ELEMENTS OF GREAT WALKS • Managed levels of use to protect the natural resource • Eg Otter Trail

  24. WILL IT BE A ‘GREAT WALK’ ? • Shared vision • Commitment • Strong principles • Learning from others • The Journey continues