Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape

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 Surf Coast has experienced significant urban development pressure, particularly in Torquay-Jan Juc.

The government has declared the Surf Coast a ‘distinctive area and landscape’ to protect the environment, landscape and lifestyle. A Statement of Planning Policy will now be developed for the area. This will include reviewing Torquay’s settlement boundary and height controls.

We will continue to consult with Traditional Owners, local councils and the community throughout this process. For more information and to subscribe for updates, please visit Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape | Engage Vic.

Page last updated: 28/06/22