Surf schools and other commercial activities (licences)

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The Great Ocean Road region provides the perfect location for businesses, ranging from mountain bike riding tours, windsurfing lessons, learn to surf groups and more.

All commercial activities require a licence to operate along the Great Ocean Road. Surf school licences are awarded every five years through a competitive Expressions of Interest process. Current surf school licences will expire on 30 June 2024, with Expressions of Interest for the 2024-2029 licences advertised five months before the expiration.

All available licences will be advertised on our website and in local newspapers in line with State Government best practice guidelines.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about licences further, please email