The Surf Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity, and a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities. It is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, a national heritage site.

The region has experienced increasing urban development pressure, particularly in Torquay-Jan Juc. To ensure the region’s long-term sustainability, we must effectively balance growth while ensuring the retention of unique features and characteristics.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is working with the Surf Coast Shire Council and the Wadawurrung People, to declare the Surf Coast a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Statement of Planning Policy will include a 50-year vision and strategies, including long-term settlement boundaries, to better protect the unique features of the Surf Coast for current and future generations.

The Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape Project will coincide with the development of the Great Ocean Road Strategic Framework Plan, which will provide further protection to the Great Ocean Road Region.

When we refer to the Surf Coast, we mean the geographic area of Torquay-Jan Juc and the surrounding hinterland area, rather than the entire Surf Coast Shire. Torquay-Jan Juc is part of Melbourne and Geelong’s peri-urban area and is experiencing significant development pressures. The other coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road face unique challenges and are being considered as part of the Victorian Government's implementation of the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.

Get involved

Community Open Houses

DELWP will be hosting community open houses where you can find out more about the project and help identify the significant values in the Surf Coast that need greater protection.
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The Surf Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity and a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities. In past engagement exercises undertaken by the government, we’ve heard that the landscapes, history and natural environment are much loved aspects of the Surf Coast.


When we refer to values, we mean the level of importance or worth you place on something.

In the following questions, please identify (a) what you value in the Surf Coast; (b) what you believe are the threats to these values; and (c) how you think these values could be better protected.

You can also pinpoint these values using the below mapping tool.


Tell us what you value about the Surf Coast

Click 'Add Marker' and drag and drop a pin showing us what you value in the Surf Coast. You can drop more than one pin.
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1. The Surf Coast is known for its pristine natural environments such as the rich coastal areas and network of waterways.
2. The Surf Coast is known for its quality landscapes and scenic views such as the Torquay- Jan Juc coastline, Point Addis and Bells Beach.
3. The Surf Coast is known for its cultural heritage significance, including Aboriginal cultural heritage, paleontological (prehistoric) heritage and post-contact heritage.
4. The Surf Coast is known to have distinctive township characteristics, including a relaxed coastal feel and renowned surf scene.
5. The Surf Coast economy is supported by diverse sectors, including agriculture, construction, infrastructure, retail and tourism.

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Stories of the future

Extensive prior engagement with the Surf Coast Shire community on other initiatives has contributed to developing several vision statements for the region. The following collage captures the sentiments expressed by people and may help inspire your response to this question.

8. Which of the following statements describe your connection to the Surf Coast? Tick all that apply
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10. How would you like to be informed about the development of the Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project?
11. How would you like to be involved in the engagement for the Surf Coast Distinctive Areas and Landscapes project?
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