Road Management Plan

Road Management Plan to guide the management of the Surf Coast Shire road network was adopted by Council on 27 June 2017.

Types of roads

The local road network within the Surf Coast Shire has a total length of approximately
1,030 kilometres of sealed (500km) and unsealed (530km) roads.

The roads are classified under three main categories:

  • State Highways and Tourist Roads
    These roads are 100% funded and maintained by VicRoads. Any issues related to these roads should be forwarded directly to VicRoads 13 11 70 or

    State Highways and Tourist Roads within the Surf Coast Shire are: Princes Highway, Surf Coast Highway, Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach Road (Bones Rd to Jarosite Rd), Bells Boulevarde, Bones Road (Bells Blvde to Bells Beach Rd)

  • Arterial Roads (Main Roads)
    Used by commercial vehicles and large traffic volumes, these roads are 100% funded and maintained by VicRoads.

    Arterial Roads within the Surf Coast Shire are: Anglesea Road, Devon Road, Barrabool Road (Merrawarp Road to Devon Rd), Hendy Main Road (Cape Otway Road to Anglesea Road), Barwon Heads Road, Inverleigh Winchelsea Road, Birregurra Deans Marsh Road, Lower Duneed Road, Cape Otway Road (Princes Highway to Hendy Main Road), Merrawarp Road, Winchelsea Deans Marsh Road, Deans Marsh Lorne Road.

  • Municipal Roads
    Municipal roads are funded and maintained by Council. A list of the Surf Coast Municipal Roads can be found in the Surf Coast Shire Roads Register.

    The following maps also show Council's road network:

Road Maintenance

Road maintenance aims to provide an adequate road surface and to minimise safety hazards to vehicular traffic. All road maintenance is undertaken in accordance with Surf Coast Shire Road Management Plan. Generally, maintenance seeks to retain the current state of an asset (i.e. road, building, drain, etc.). Any work that alters the state of the asset significantly falls into the category of improvement works.

Each road, no matter how carefully designed and constructed or whether it is sealed or unsealed, will deteriorate as a result of traffic, climatic conditions and pavement materials. Maintenance methods and levels vary according to the road classification and whether the road is sealed or unsealed. View Road Safety Strategy.

Roadside Slashing Program

As a fire prevention measure, Council conducts an annual rural roadside slashing program.

This year, Council's contractors will be commencing in mid November and will have all rural roadsides slashed by mid December.

The contractors, using four slashers, began in the northern parts of the Shire (Winchelsea area and in the  Barrabool Hills) and will work their way south to the coast.

Council will assess regrowth on its roadsides in January to determine if further slashing works are required.

Contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 5261 0600 if you have any questions about the program.

Road Renewal

Road Renewal is the reinstatement of the asset to, or near to, it's original condition. For gravel roads this is generally resheeting the road with new gravel and for sealed roads may involve resealing the road surface or reconstructing the road if there is pavement failure. The program does not include any upgrade to the road eg sealing a gravel road or widening a narrow seal road. View Council's Road Renewal Program.