A group of cyclists cross the finish line of a road race.

All events held along the Great Ocean Road utilising crown land managed by the Authority require a permit. This allows us to be certain we can accommodate rubbish collection, amenity needs and ensure there is ample time and space for each event. 

Each year, many groups and organisations conduct small to large-scale community and commercial events along the coast. 

These events include: 

  • Outdoor music concerts, festivals and markets 

  • Community sporting events, including beach volleyball, cycling, running, sailing, surfing and triathlons 

  • Surf Life Saving events 

  • Product promotions and launches 

  • Weddings


After your event plan is assessed by our team, we will advise the applicable permit fee and any additional costs incurred, such as additional bin here.  

When looking at a permit application we consider aspect such as: 

  • Event footprint 

  • Environmental impact 

  • Additional cleaning requirements to amenities 

  • Power and water requirements 

  • Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority staff time 

  • Traffic impacts


To help facilitate your proposed event and help inform additional key agencies, such as emergency services, local councils etc, we may share your event application 

For events that use land managed by both Surf Coast Shire Council and the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, please complete the following application and the Surf Coast Shire will also receive a copy (there is no need to submit application to both).

To assist, please use the event applications that aligns with the proposed location:

Colac Otway Shire

Major Towns

  • Wye River
  • Kennett River
  • Skenes Creek
  • Apollo Bay
  • Marengo

Corangamite Shire

  • Port Campbell
  • Princetown

Moyne Shire

  • Peterborough 

Surf Coast Shire

Major Towns

  • Torquay
  • Jan Juc
  • Anglesea
  • Aireys Inlet
  • Lorne

For local mobile food vendors for consideration to operate during your event, please follow this link:


Please note that we require up to 15 days to process applications.