Coastal land and beaches


Most of the region’s coastal land is managed by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Parks Victoria or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

The Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve is managed by Council.

Beach patrols, safety, surfing and getting involved

Bells history and future

Check out the Events Calendar for The Rip Curl Pro and other events at Bells Beach

Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve

The Bells Beach Committee

The Bells Beach Committee helps Council manage the Bells Beach Surfing Reserve and is made up of an impartial chair, representatives of the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, representatives of Surfing Victoria, and five community nominees. They meet at least four times each year.

Commercial Tour Operator Licences

We issue tour operator licences at Bells Beach in line with legislation for commercial use of crown land. The following operators have current licenses for the reserve:

  • Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
  • Torquay Surfing Academy
  • Around and About Travel & Planning
  • Australian National Surfing Museum

If you wish to be considered for a license please contact us on 5261 0600 or