Victoria is adopting a whole of government approach to the marketing, development and management of trails, with the release of the Victorian Trails Strategy 2005-2010.
The State has more than 2,000 trails, with a total length of some 8,000 kilometres. They range from short recreation loops to longer distance shared paths and activity trails. Combined with diverse landscapes – forests, mountains, coasts, historic areas and urban environments – the network provides a great variety of experiences.
Trails offer healthy outdoor activities, environmentally friendly transport routes and contribute to the economic, social and tourism potential of communities.
The Victorian Trails Strategy is the basis for future trail development, management and promotion based on the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
Its key directions are: trail network management; trail marketing and trail research.
Strategy actions include:
-Implement a hierarchy and classification system for Victoria’s trails;
-Investigate the potential of ‘flagship’ walks;
-Profile Victoria’s great short and long walks and rides.
EMAIL Sean Daugherty, firstname.lastname@example.org or download a copy of the strategy from www.tourismvictoria.com.au