Great Ocean Road traffic conditions

We’re working hard to maintain safety and traffic flow along the Great Ocean Road for locals, business owners and visitors.

Road update 9 January 1pm

The Great Ocean Road is OPEN to all traffic

Two lanes are available for traffic along the length of the road.

Please be advised of the traffic alerts below.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting possible showers over the next week. 

These conditions are unlikely to trigger the threshold for a road closure, but if our geotechnical ground sensory equipment detects significant movement or saturation, we will not hesitate to do so for safety reasons.

We encourage drivers to stay informed by visiting VicTraffic or calling 13 11 70.

Latest News

A 50m long x 3m high concrete retaining wall has been installed at the road side between Wye River and Separation Creek. Works started mid November and were completed by Christmas.

Geotechnical hazard mitigation works will resume in the New Year, which will include the tapering of this retaining wall at either end. 

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Work at the landslide site below the road 500m east of Separation Creek is also complete. Three concrete retaining walls have been installed and the guard rail replaced.

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The Paddy’s Path site is being constantly monitored by our geotech experts. The graph below shows rainfall and movement at the site since late September.

See a graph of the daily ground movement here [JPEG 214Kb]

Funding announcement

The Victorian Government has announced $53 million funding of geotechnical hazard mitigation works of the Great Ocean Road.

The package, which was revealed on 20 December 2016, will go towards the installation of further roadside remediation works such as rock netting and retaining walls along the length of the touring route.

This investment is on top of the $50 million the State Government is joint funding with the Commonwealth for capital works and maintenance on the Great Ocean Road.

Read more about the announcement.

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Community engagement

The community has had its say on the eventual appearance of the roadside retaining wall at Paddy’s Path.

We sourced three rock varieties from local quarries as options for the rock basket facade and interested residents voted on their preference in an online poll hosted by WyeSep Connect.

The most preferred rock - the basalt from Colac - will be attached to the concrete panels in early 2017.

What are we doing to ensure the road stays open?

We’ve installed real-time sensors on the embankment between Wye River and Separation Creek to monitor movement. Once movement is detected over a certain level we will close the road. This is why the road has been closed regularly.

Our geotechnical experts are monitoring the situation and working on short term and long term solution to make the embankment safe. We’re also working closely with Emergency Management Victoria and local councils to understand the full impact.

View our video to see what we're doing to keep the road open.

Why has this occurred?

Excess rain from the Otways flows across the Great Ocean Road which increases the chance of landslides. High rainfall in the area combined with recent bushfires has made the area more vulnerable.

Landslides cannot be prevented by routine maintenance.

Report an incident

To report an incident along the Great Ocean Road, please contact our Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70.

Drive with caution

We'd like to remind all drivers of the importance in taking extreme care in these difficult driving conditions.

Always be alert for changes to the road and its surrounding, including falling debris and landslides.

How can I get more information?

For the latest traffic and road closure updates for the Great Ocean Road, visit VicTraffic (External link) or phone 13 11 70.

To receive regular updates on the Great Ocean Road, email greatoceanroad@roads.vic.gov.au 

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