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Bass Coast is a vibrant community within easy commuting distance from Melbourne. Bass Coast is an ideal place to raise a family in a friendly regional community that embraces true country values.

76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi Victoria


Bass Coast Shire Council

Less than two hours drive from Melbourne, Bass Coast is a unique combination of unspoiled coastline and picturesque rural hinterland. A popular holiday destination, our quaint rural villages, bustling holiday towns, rolling hills and world renown surf breaks provide a breath-taking getaway for over three million visitors each year.

Currently one of the fastest growing areas in regional Victoria, Bass Coast has a permanent population of approximately 30,000, although in peak season the population is almost triple that.  

Whether you are visiting Bass Coast, thinking of moving here or wanting to know more about the place where you live, here you can find information about the people, organisations and towns that make up this distinctive part of Victoria.

Bass Coast Shire Council:

  • provides leadership for the community
  • represent the interests of our area to other communities and to State and Federal Governments
  • sets the direction for the future of the Shire (Council Plan)
  • plans for and provides services and facilities, such as roads, community buildings, parks and reserves
  • develops policies and guidelines to make sure the Council Plan can be achieved

Our unique Bass Coast environment is one of our most valuable assets.
It is the reason so many people live across Bass Coast, and why so many people visit. Bass Coast is a parkland for Melbourne, a place people come to see and enjoy the coast, hinterland, native birds and animals and indigenous plants and trees. We have environmental and landscape values of regional and national significance, including Ramsar listed wetlands, marine parks and remnant native vegetation.

This means it is increasingly important to achieve a balance between people and place. Climate change, population growth and economic development all need to be managed in a way that achieves a sustainable relationship with our future environment. We are working to get this balance right.

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