Surf Coast Snapshot
The Surf Coast Shire is located in southwest Victoria, 20 minutes from Geelong and 90 minutes from Melbourne. It has an area of 1556 square kilometres with some 55 kilometres of coastline and the start of the fabulous Great Ocean Road defining its southern boundary.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery and superb lifestyle. The Shire is strongly influenced by its geography, with a diverse range of environments - including rugged coastline, dense native forests and rolling, rural plains.
The coast contains a line of settlements hugging the Great Ocean Road - including Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven and Lorne. Save for Torquay, these towns nestle on the coastal edge of the Otway Ranges and are surrounded by substantial tracts of forested public land, which limits their growth and helps to define their nature.
Located at the eastern end of the Shire, Torquay is the largest town and the main administrative centre. The strong association with Bells Beach and the surfing industry, together with proximity to Geelong and Melbourne, make Torquay an increasingly attractive proposition to combine lifestyle and working commitments.
North of the Otways is a well spread and distinctive rural community, including the townships of Winchelsea, Deans Marsh and Moriac. The area is traversed by the Princes Highway and the main Melbourne to Warrnambool railway line.
As one of the fastest growing regional municipalities in Victoria, Surf Coast Shire is experiencing significant growth and change. The Shire is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria. From 1986 to 2001 the permanent population increased by 46 per cent. In 2006 the estimated permanent resident population was 24,124.
Nearly half of our property owners do not live here permanently. Many are metropolitan residents with a second home on the Surf Coast. They live here part time, holiday here or own the property as an investment, perhaps with a view to retirement on the coast.
The impact of holidaymakers in the coastal towns from Torquay to Lorne means peak overnight populations of over 68,000 (2006). Substantial numbers of day visitors and over 2 million travellers along the Great Ocean Road each year add a further dimension.
Surf Coast Shire Contact Details:
Offices: 25 Grossmans Road, Torquay
Phone: (03) 5261 0600 or 1300 610 600
Fax: (03) 5261 4527
Postal: PO Box 350, Torquay, 3228