Construction on a new suspension bridge over Port Campbell Creek has begun.
Costing $3.2 million, the bridge marks the first project to be delivered as part of stage one of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.
The bridge will provide a walking connection over Port Campbell Creek and connect a new boardwalk path on the township side that wraps around the dunes to the Port Campbell foreshore.
Built with a mix of wood, steel and stainless steel, the bridge is designed to have minimal environmental impact and will withstand one in 100-year weather events, said Parks Victoria CEO Simon Talbot.
"This is an exciting day for the delivery of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, a comprehensive program to protect the coast, improve visitor opportunities and strengthen the local economy through sustainable tourism," he said.
"The path route has been aligned to avoid impacting the sensitive dunal vegetation and prevent exposure to tidal surge from the harbour."
The Port Campbell town approach will have Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant accessible paths provided to the bridge, with the width allowing for two wheelchairs to pass side by side.
The ends of the bridge will be anchored by slender rectangular portals - framing the visitor's view.
The open balustrading allows views of the natural and cultural values of the creek environment.
The Shipwreck Coast encompasses 28 kilometres of coastline in the south-west, attracting more than five million visits a year.
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