Stay safe on the coast

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Follow these simple tips to have a safe and enjoyable time on our coast.

Keep to the tracks
Coastal walking tracks allow everyone to safely enjoy the coastal environment while protecting our native plant and animal life.

Slip slop slap
Sunburn can ruin your holiday and increase your skin cancer risk. Be SunSmart by applying a good sunscreen (at least 15+) 20 minutes before you go out in the sun, wearing a long sleeve shirt and donning a broad-brimmed hat.

Stay alert
Familiarise yourself with coastal weather conditions and listen to the radio for warnings (e.g. fire, storms).

Take care near cliffs
Many cliffs along the Great Ocean Road coast, particularly in the area between Jan Juc and Point Roadknight, and also at Aireys Inlet, are susceptible to instability. Consequently, you should pay attention to advisory signs, take care near cliffs, keep to designated walking tracks and avoid areas of cliff instability.

Look out for unstable 'sand cliffs'
Areas of seasonal coastal shoreline erosion can create unstable, temporary 'sand cliffs' which are not like normal cliffs and are more susceptible to collapse. Read more here.

Think ahead
Think about what you're doing and prepare appropriately. For example, if you're walking along the coast, wear a hat and sturdy shoes, carry some drinking water, and don't forget the sunscreen and insect repellent. Tell someone where you're heading and what time you plan to be back.

Below are links to more information on staying safe on the coast: 

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