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The concept of Walk 91 was an idea that came to life in the early 2000s. I had the privilege of working as a Ranger with Parks Victoria, in Apollo Bay, when the concept of the Great Ocean Walk was becoming a reality. My wife Nancy and I dreamed of making this wonderful town our permanent home, having children & raising them on the doorstep of the beautiful Otway National Park. We took the plunge and created our adventure business Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak in 2002 swiftly followed by Walk 91.

When the walk first opened to the public in 2005 it was 91 kilometers long, instead of the 104 kilometers, it is now. We didn’t realize that the walk’s length would change after its opening or we would have chosen a different name! It has been wonderful to see the walk extended to end at the iconic 12 Apostles, rather than at the previous finishing point of Glenample. The Great Ocean Walk has now become an iconic must-do trip for walkers and tourists from all over the world.

Driving into Apollo Bay from the Great Ocean Road and seeing the signpost ‘Paradise-by-the-Sea’ still excites even though we have lived here 15 years. During that time we have learned a lot about the local environment, met some wonderful people and had two children. We have had the opportunity to create jobs for the local community and support our tremendous local clubs.

We have enjoyed recommending the Conservation Ecology Centre in Cape Otway to our walkers, highlighting the vital work they do for our local wildlife and park. Plus, we are also delighted to be donating funds to the Australian Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

We appreciate every single one of our walkers; past, present, and future. Everybody who chooses Walk 91 to assist them on their Great Ocean Walk will take away a special memory from our truly wonderful little piece of Victoria. We are thrilled to be able to make this Great Ocean Walk accessible to anyone who dreams of walking it and look forward to welcoming you to Apollo Bay!

MARK & NANCY KININMONTH

CO-OWNERS OF WALK91

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