Surf Coast Shire in brief
Welcome to the Surf Coast Shire
Victoria's Surf Coast with its spectacular coastline, scenic rainforests and magnificent beaches, is one of the tourist draw cards of Australia. The Surf Coast Shire is among the fastest growing regional municipalities in Victoria (av. 3.06% annually for past 15 years). The Shire was proclaimed on 9 March 1994. It covers an area of 1,560 km2.
It is popular both as a permanent place to live and as a second home. The main population centres include Torquay, well known for its surf related industries and Bells Beach, Winchelsea, gateway to the fertile Western District, leafy Anglesea and the beautiful resort town of Lorne.
Large numbers of holidaymakers and visitors stay in the Shire at peak season. The Great Ocean Road, which starts in Torquay, attracts over 2.5 million travellers annually.
The permanent population is 26,666 (2011 Census) which more than trebles at peak holiday times.
The Surf Coast Shire has worked to enhance this environment while encouraging appropriate new development to the area.