The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is a not for profit organisation that manages 37km of public land and coastline from Torquay to Lorne.  All dollars raised through GORCC’s operations are reinvested back into the coastal environment, caravan parks and the community
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Revegetation work granted

A $7,500 Coastcare grant has been awarded to Torquay Coast Action to complete the second phase of the Deep Creek Estuary restoration which will create a corridor for native wildlife along the Surf Coast Walk.

Torquay Coast Action will work closely with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) and the Green Army team to implement weed control and revegetation at the location to link in with work previously conducted in the area.

Torquay Coast Action President Glenda Shomaly said the grant allowed the group to create a visible and lasting impact on the coastal environment.

“The site has been in a depleted condition following earthworks to repair the bridge and install the new storm water outlet.

“These works will continue to help improve the conservation value of the area and enhance native habitat in the depleted coastal dune scrub,” she said.

Works will include weed control, laying of jute mat to help stabilise the soil and planting with indigenous vegetation with follow up maintenance conducted by GORCC and Torquay Coast Action.

To find out how you can get involved in environmental volunteering, contact GORCC at

Environmental education benefits community

Lorne and Aireys Inlet P-12 College students have partnered with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to regenerate the Erskine Paddock area in Lorne as part of the Coast Guardians Program - a free educational program, which aims to increase environmental awareness in local schools.

The year 9 students have spent the winter months replanting and mulching the area at Erskine Paddock to help ease safety concerns at the popular Lorne play area.

Erskine Paddock is a prominent local site which has previously been overgrown with environmental weeds.

Students revegetated the site with indigenous low lying shrubs and grasses after the removal of invasive coastal tea tree from the area.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma said the hands on approach to environmental education helped students appreciate and learn about the importance of coastal protection.

“The Coast Guardians Program is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop a sense of environmental stewardship in their local community," she said. 

Read the full story on our blog.

Hoodie help comes all the way from England

An unexpected Hoodie lover has emerged all the way from Dorset, England to create a wonderful piece of artwork in an effort to help promote the threatened beach nesting shorebird.

John Lloyd is a colour and graphite pencil artist whose artwork is inspired by nature and wildlife and relished the opportunity to contribute to the #savethehoodie campaign.

Mr Lloyd used to work for a conservation charity and was very eager to donate his time and skills to create the beautiful pencil drawing of the Hooded Plover.

"I've really enjoyed drawing this Hooded Plover as it is a special bird under real threat in Australia.

"I'm hoping that my artwork can in some way contribute to the #SaveTheHoodie campaign and help raise the profile of this beach dwelling bird's plight," he said.

Read the full interview on our blog. 

Environmental education receives boost

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has announced the budget for the 2016-2017 financial year which includes a significant increase to environmental education funding. 

The environment and education programs will be expanded this year with a budget of $275,000, allowing more opportunities for schools and caravan park guests over summer.

Thousands of students experience the Surf Coast through hands on learning each year as part of GORCC's free environmental education programs which are offered to schools and groups of all ages. 

GORCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the free education programs provided the next generation with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills to care for the local coastal environments.

"It is an exciting time for the GORCC education team. Environmental education is an important component of coastal management and sustainability.

"We are looking forward to this new chapter and being able to expand this aspect of our conservation work to promote future environmental stewardship," he said. 

Education Activity Leader Pete Crowcroft will join the team full time to help coordinate and run more programs throughout the year.

To find out how your school or group can get involved, go to our website for all the details. 

Sands of time

Year 9 students from Geelong Lutheran College have teamed up with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to monitor the changing beach conditions and sand movements at Whites Gap. 

Students measure the impact of tidal movements and weather as part of the 'Shifting Sands Monitoring' project, which uses various surveying techniques to assess sand levels over the duration of the Coast Guardians Program.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma said the hands on, scientific approach to the program allowed students to understand the variables in monitoring.

“It is hoped through the Shifting Sands Monitoring project students will develop a more in-depth understanding about natural coastal processes which contribute to the changing environment and develop effective measuring skills to monitor these changes," she said.

More information and photos on our blog. 


Green Army gets planting

The new Green Army team has joined the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to put in 300 new plants around the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park this winter.

GORCC’s conservation supervisor Georgie Beale said the Great Ocean Road coastline and caravan parks were reaping the benefits of conservation work with the Green Army.

The federal government’s Green Army Program is an initiative designed to offer young adults practical skills, training and experience across a variety of different conservation projects.

“Campers and visitors to Lorne this summer will see the inclusion of native species, such as Small-leaved Clematis, Common Appleberry and Coast Tussock Grass,” Ms Beale said.

Full story on our blog.

Newstarters caring for Point Roadknight, Anglesea

Operation Newstart is an intensive eight-week program designed to help year 9 students who are having a tough time at school and provide opportunities for self-empowerment.

The program aims to re-engage youths attending Victorian State Secondary schools through a variety of experiential, vocational and therapeutic activities.

Groups of nine students from eleven different schools in the Geelong region participate in the program with a primary focus to improve student’s motivation and attitude towards school.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has partnered with the Operation Newstart program to help foster environmental stewardship and provide meaningful learning opportunities.

Read the full story on our blog. 

Proposed Torquay Fitness Trail

The Rotary Club of Torquay and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee are proposing to install four pieces of exercise equipment along the Torquay Foreshore as part of a new Torquay Fitness Trail.  The proposed trail will include 4 stations with 1 piece of multipurpose exercise equipment at each location between the Elephant Walk Playground and the Esplanade along the existing Surf Coast Walk. 

Careful consideration has been given to the location for the proposed fitness trail to have minimal impact on coastal scenery and surrounding landscape whilst also providing access for people with limited mobility.

Proposed equipment includes:
  • Stretch Station/ Aerobic cycle 
  • Pull up/ Leg raises
  • Sit up bench/ Body twist
  • Chest press/ Step up station
The proposal was made possible by funds raised by the Rotary Club of Torquay.

For further information please visit our website, or to provide comment, email

Caravan Parks to get face lift

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) 2016-17 budget has been announced with both coastal reserves and caravan parks receiving significant investment over the next financial year.

More than $1.3 million will go towards the improvements of GORCC's caravan parks at Lorne and Torquay, with works already underway in preparation for the busy summer season. 

GORCC CEO Richard Davies said the ongoing investment will see continued improvement to the family-friendly caravan parks located in the heart of the Great Ocean Road coastal environment.

Works funded at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park include:
  • Upgrades to Queens Park; Erskine river park amenities block and camp kitchen; cabin upgrades; and road sealing.
Some key projects at Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park include:
  • Central camp kitchen redevelopment; new pergolas, barbecues and other amenity improvements; road sealing; picnic tables, playground upgrades and further security improvements.

Caravan Park Specials

During August you can stay 4 nights in all our cabins and only pay for 3! Or if camping is for you, stay 7 nights and pay 5, or stay 5 and pay 4.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park just received the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for ‘consistently great reviews earned on TripAdvisor’. Why not come stay and see why!

Whale sightings!

The whales are back and more than half a dozen have already been sighted along the Great Ocean Road in the past few weeks. 

The Dolphin Research Insti­tute has declared 2016 whale season a record-breaker, with sightings more expectation than novelty.

Reminder that DEPI regulations state that recreational boats must not approach within 100m of a dolphin or 200m of a whale.

Jetskis are not permitted within 300m of any whale or dolphin, with beachgoers prevented from swimming or surfing closer than 30m of a dolphin or 50m of a whale.

For more whale sightings click here to see the Visit Great Ocean Road whale log.

Wild weather takes its toll

It's been a cold winter along the Surf Coast, and heavy rains and winds have contributed to the erosion process of the sand dunes. 

The stormy weather has left its mark, exposing tree trunks, old fencing and eroding infrastructure. 

GORCC urges the community to exercise caution in these areas to avoid harm or injury and obey all signs and fencing. 

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