Bass Coast (map) is located about 130km or a two hour drive south east of Melbourne and is bounded by Westernport in the north and west, Cardinia Shire in the north east, South Gippsland Shire in the east and Bass Strait in the south. Bass Coast’s main centres are Wonthaggi, Cowes (Phillip Island), Inverloch, San Remo and Grantville. In addition, the Shire comprises a further 28 towns. The Shire boasts many beautiful beaches, unique nature reserves and many major events, such as the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Circuit, which attract more than 3.4 million visitors each year.
Bass Coast is the home of over 33,000 permanent residents. However, its proximity to Melbourne makes it also very attractive to visitors and to people wanting to make a sea change. During peak periods, our population swells to over 70,000. Bass Coast has one of the fastest growing populations in Regional Victoria. Furthermore, the proportion of residents aged over 50 is significantly higher in Bass Coast than across the State.
This website is a great source of demographic information for the Bass Coast Shire. For more information about Bass Coast’s vibrant community, please contact Bass Coast Council Community Development Team on 1300 226 278.