Victoria has one of the most publicly accessible coasts in the world. The Great Ocean Road Region is Victoria's most popular visitor destination outside Melbourne.

The region, stretching from Torquay to Warrnambool, is a place of infinite diversity, from exquisite coastal scenery, to rugged mountain ranges, productive farmland, thriving country towns and rainforests.

These attractions make the region a popular visitor destination, while the seaside lifestyle is attracting more full-time residents. Increased population brings significant benefits and challenges, including placing additional pressures on the region.

Released in 2004, the Great Ocean Road Region Strategy was prepared to manage land use and transport growth demands for the following 20 years.

It provides direction for the State Government, local  councils, the community, businesses and other government agencies to plan for the region's future, set priorities and make decisions. It was informed and influenced by the local community and others with a stake in the region’s future.

The strategy’s four key directions are:

  • protect the landscape and care for the environment
  • manage the growth of towns
  • improve the management of access and transport
  • encourage sustainable tourism and resource use.

It builds on existing work, including the Victorian Coastal Strategy, and regional catchment strategies.


Great Ocean Road Region Strategy Summary

GORRS Strategy Summary (PDF, 1651.21 KB)

Great Ocean Road Region Strategy Report

Front cover, Premiers and Ministers Message, Contents and Strategy Summary  (PDF, 706.36 KB)
Part 1: The vision and strategy (PDF, 729.96 KB)
Part 2: Implementation (PDF, 1753.53 KB)
Part 3: Monitoring and Review  (PDF, 21.71 KB)
Appendices, Glossary and List of Figures (PDF, 48.07 KB)

Background Documents

Draft Strategy Community Consultation Report 2004
Community Consultation Report 2004 (PDF, 856.12 KB)

Draft Strategy 2003
Front cover, Ministers Message and Contents (PDF, 124.86 KB)
Part 1: Summary, Focus on the region, Strategy basis (PDF, 1160.17 KB)
Part 2: Strategy basis, Scope, Strategic framework (PDF, 581.62 KB)
Part 3: Vision, Policies and initiatives (PDF, 1477.79 KB)
Part 4: Policies and initiatives, Implementation and Appendices (PDF, 1823.75 KB)

Discussion Paper Community Consultation Report 2002
Community Consultation Report 2002 (PDF, 1823.75 KB)

Discussion Paper 2001
Discussion Paper 2001 (PDF, 588.35 KB)

More information

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