The Great Ocean Road region is known national and internationally as a spectacularly pristine environment with much to offer the many thousands of visitors who come to visit annually.
The Surf Coast is the official start of the Great Ocean Road and tourism is one of the major sectors of the local economy. In recognition of this, Council delivers a range of opportunities for local businesses to engage with the tourism market including:
- Visitor Information Centres
- Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Opportunities
- Surf Coast Walk
- Business Events Great Ocean Road
You can find our more information on these programs below.
Visitor Information Centres (VICs)
Council operates four Visitor Information Centres in the Surf Coast Shire region in Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea and Winchelsea. Our VICs play an important role in inspiring visitors to stay longer and experience more of what we have to offer. They assist around 250,000 people with visitor information each year.
Any tourism related business is welcome to enquire about promoting their business through our VICs. Commercially rated tourism businesses can apply to display a brochure for free at their local VIC. Opportunities also exist to promote your business in many of the region's VICs, through a membership with Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT)
Council has partnered with Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT). The role of GORRT as the independent peak body for the Great Ocean Road region tourism sector is to develop a seamless visitor experience through collaboration to position the Great Ocean Road as Australia's foremost sustainable tourism region.
You can partner with GORRT to include your business in tourism marketing campaigns and services attracting visitors to our area. A range of packages are available to suit small to large business budgets.
Further information is on the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism website.
Conference Marketing with Business Events Great Ocean Road
Business Events Great Ocean Road is an independent, industry-lead convention bureau for the Great Ocean Road region offering free, expert advice on hosting a meeting, conference or event on the Great Ocean Road.
The Surf Coast Shire Council supports Business Events Great Ocean Road in recognition of the strength of the conference offer in the Surf Coast region and the potential to engage a completely different tourism market to holiday visitors.
If you are a professional conference organiser or you are responsible for your organisation's conference or off site meetings, Business Events Great Ocean Road may be able to assist you to find the right property or activity in our region.
Contact: Wayne Lee, Business Events Great Ocean Road on 0410 455 970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Surf Coast Walk Marketing
Council works in collaboration with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Parks Victoria to provide the Surf Coast Walk. It is a 44km coastal walk that runs from Pt Impossible through Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet to Fairhaven.
The Walk has a dedicated website and a very active Facebook page. There are opportunities for local businesses directly connected to the walk to promote their business by sharing posts on the Facebook page.
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