Move to Surf Coast



The Surf Coast Shire, one of the most liveable locations in Victoria, is only 20 minutes from Geelong and 75 minutes from Melbourne. It retains the charm and values of a coastal lifestyle, making it an ideal place to live, work and enjoy an exceptional quality of life.

With regular V/Line trains the commute to Melbourne is easy, convenient and quick with an approximate travel time from Geelong Station of one hour.


The main population centres include Torquay, well known for being the official start of the Great Ocean Road, its surf-related industries and Bells Beach; Winchelsea, gateway to the fertile Western District; leafy Anglesea; delightful Aireys Inlet; and the beautiful town of Lorne.

Check out the Surf Coast Prospectus

Check out the Winchelsea Prospectus

Surf Coast living is exceptional

  • Close & easy access to Melbourne and Geelong
  • 55km of breathtaking coastal scenery
  • Exceptional beaches around every corner
  • Mighty rainforests, booming waterfalls and fertile farmland
  • Relaxed, active, healthy lifestyle
  • Safe, welcoming community
  • Buzzing coastal towns with strong sense of belonging
  • Flourishing tourism, construction and unique retail sectors
  • Thriving arts and cultural communities
  • Plentiful locally grown, sustainable wholefoods
  • Original, quality cafés and restaurants
  • Abundant wildlife and nature
  • Broad selection of clubs, sporting and community facilities

Surf Coast - An Easy Move to Make


Unemployment rates are low at 3.9%, significantly lower than the state average of 5.7%


Council's Economic Development unit has collated a range of statistics to assist businesses in making strategic decisions about expanding or relocating to Surf Coast Shire.


Education needs are conveniently met with childcare and numerous occasional care facilities, kinder/pre-schools and 11 primary schools located throughout the Surf Coast, as well as a P-12 in Lorne/Aireys Inlet and a Secondary College in Torquay. Secondary schools in Geelong are easily accessible by school bus and public transport, as are Deakin University and The Gordon (TAFE).


More than 330 events fill the Event Calendar in the Surf Coast Shire each year, including major events, sporting events, arts and cultural events, festivals and community celebrations.

Tracks and trails

With an abundance of tracks and trails for walking, running or riding – you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds as you breathe the fresh, invigorating coastal air!

Clubs and community

The Surf Coast Shire is an inclusive community with a Council committed to providing great services for all members of the community. There is a service, program or group for everyone from families and children, youth to aged care (and everyone in between). 


Finding your new home in the Surf Coast couldn't be easier, with beautiful coastal homes to suit every taste.

Other Lifestyle Links

You will love the Surf Coast lifestyle – just ask a local! Here are some highlights:



In 2014 MICHAEL AND WENDY CLARK and their two children relocated from Caroline Springs to Torquay to launch a new, lifestyle sunglass brand, Four Eyewear. Providing European-quality sunglasses tailored to meet today’s active lifestyle blending fashion, quality, comfort and durability, Torquay was the perfect location.

“We wanted to get out of suburbia and have a coastal lifestyle for the family. Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was an option we considered but chose Torquay for its proximity to Melbourne and because it is the home of Australia’s dynamic and iconic surf brands.”

“We love the beach, being close to the water all year round, really appreciate the relaxed vibe of Torquay and how friendly the community is.”

Michael still consults from home with businesses in Melbourne but looks forward to developing the Four Eyewear brand so he can transition it to a full time role.

“It is exciting and we have received great local support,” he happily says.