The Region

Bass Coast’s unique combination of unspoiled coastline and picturesque rural hinterland is less than two hours drive from Melbourne.

Our main centres - Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch, San Remo and Grantville - service the local population and more than 3.7 million visitors each year.

Bass Coast is the fastest growing area in Gippsland our resident population is about 31,000. During peak holiday periods, this swells to over 70,000.

Phillip Island attracts many visitors with its world famous Penguin Parade and the annual Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Regular events at the Grand Prix Circuit are complemented by a number of well established music festivals and a smorgasbord of arts, local produce and family entertainment at locations across the Shire.

The major industries in Bass Coast are retail, hospitality, construction, health and community services, education and training, and agriculture.

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