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  • Great Ocean Road - Big Winners in Tourism Funding
  • Capitalise Now on the Whales
  • Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch Precinct Master Plan
  • PR & Marketing Activities
  • Business Development Update
  • Winter Deal$ - Promote your Winter Package Now!
  • Boost Your Tourism Business Via Subsidised Training with South West TAFE
  • VTIC Conference 
  • Travelling around the Region with Jo Birley & Claire Eats
  • August - Jam Packed with Great Events
  • Get Social

A Marketing Masterclass - Commit to spending a day to focus and grow Your product, Your brand and Your audience. Learn tricks and tips to make your dollars, energy and efforts stretch further.
Peter Bingeman - CEO Visit Victoria
Troy Cuthbertson - GM QT Melbourne
Nick Henderson - Global Manager for Social Media & Content Tourism Australia 
Lauren Bath - Social Media Professional
Plus so many more!!

Click here for full  program and speaker details

1.6 million dollars in funding has been announced through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program (TDDI). The TDDI program is aimed to drive demand, improve quality and increase tourism expenditure .
  • The Platypi Chocolate project  will receive $300,000 to construct a new chocolate café in Forrest. The facility will include a licensed café, retail outlet and a chocolate production area.
  • The Wildlife Wonders project will receive $557,962 to undertake planning, design and the development of a business case for a new Australian wildlife ecotourism experience on a spectacular 20 ha property west of Apollo Bay.
  • The Wye Beach Hotel project will receive $450,000 to expand the existing hotel and enable weddings, conferences and other events.
These projects will add depth and variety of tourism offerings for visitors in our region. Congratulations to all grant recipients,  we look forward to working with you closely in the future.

Promote your unique offer to the influx of whale watchers by purchasing one of our new promotional packages. 

What you receive?
  • Your deal profiled on Visit Great Ocean Road and Visit Victoria web sites for 3 months including a feature listing on our Whale Blog page.
  • Your deal featured in our EDM newsletter, distributed to our 3400+ Whale blog subscribers
  • Your deal included in your own personal social media advertisement.
  • Your deal included in our Great Ocean Road consumer EDM
Click here to find out more!
Here is your opportunity to be involved!
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) are currently preparing a master plan for the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch Precinct. They are now commencing a broader consultation  process and have released the following Memorial Arch Options Paper.

To have your thoughts considered,  complete the linked survey click here or if you prefer you can email submissions welcome until 25 August 2017. This will help inform the draft master plan.

Tastes of the Great Ocean Road
  • The Taste the Great Ocean Road promotion will finish at the end of the month.
  • 10 participating businesses have received some great exposure through the social media campaign - have you seen it?
  • Results from the campaign posts are well above the industry average for engagement
  • We will use the data and feedback from participants to help us guide future campaigns.
Public Relations
  • The AGE journalist Richard Cornish  published his second article this month  6 reasons to visit Apollo Bay
  • GOR Event Blogger Matt Charlesworth attended the Warrnambool Fun4kids Festival and Winter Weekends in Port Fairy this month.  Publishing live stories throughout the events which are averaging 3,500 views per post.  Catch up on his latest blogs here 
  • We are also working on a number of exciting Public Relations opportunities including: A new Television program for channel 7 called Australia's best Drives, A two part episode on channel Ten's Offroad Adventure Show and a feature in the December issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. 
"'From ocean fresh seafood and local craft beer to a 5 course degustation using farm gate produce, you'll get a taste for the Great Ocean Road that will beckon you back time and time again.
Start planning your meals and click through to discover some appetising offers."

Want your business to engage with 30,000 visitors a month?

For those of you that know a bit about Google Analytics ( the way traffic to a particular website is measured)? We have some current data and information about the Visit Great Ocean Road Regional website that maybe of interest to you!

Here are 5 quick facts about web traffic the Visit Great Ocean Road Website:

FACT 1 – When people search 'Great Ocean Road’  into Google, the Visit Great Ocean Road website ranks in the top 2 organic search results on the first page

FACT 2 – In the month of June 2017 the website averaged 100,000 page views by 30,000 unique users

FACT 3 – almost 75% of these users are new visitors to the website

FACT 4 – Top 6 countries visiting our website in June (excluding Australia) are:- 

1. Singapore 
2. United States
3. United Kingdom
4. Malaysia
5. New Zealand
6. Germany

FACT 5 - The most popular pages on the site in June ( excluding home page ) - 6000+ page views in the month of June  - 5000+ page views in the month of June - 4000+ page views in the month of June

We have some fantastic opportunities for your business to promote your offers on the Visit Great Ocean Road website including the Whale Packages, Winter Deals and we have a couple limited places left on the Featured Accommodation and Attractions sections at the top of these pages.

Winter Deal$!

Promote your special Winter package to potential visitors to our fabulous region over the winter months.

Put together your winter package with a great offer, and we’ll promote it front and centre on our Winter package deals page on Visit Great Ocean Road, your Local Destination site and the Visit Victoria website!

Whats Included:
✓ 3 month listing on a Winter Deals page – Visit Great Ocean Road website
✓ 3 month listing on a Winter Deals page – Local Destination website
✓ 3 month listing on Visit Victoria* ( Your deal will also be circulated to VV PR )
PLUS Social media option to spread the word about your Winter Package!

✓ 2 x Social media posts through Visit Great Ocean Road social media channel
(Facebook 28K followers)

Buy your Winter Deals Package here
Contact Andrew Humphris
Email. or phone: 0422 158 855

Contact Lauren Orero (Warrnambool/Port Fairy/Portland)
Email. or phone: 0422 030 877

South West TAFE has a range of courses in hospitality, tourism, travel, tour guiding and holiday parks & resorts to boost your business.  Courses offer flexibility to fit in with your business hours and are government subsidised training for tourism operators and staff.
Click here for further details  or call 1300 648 911.
VTIC presented the annual Victorian Tourism Conference at Flemington Racecourse on July 24th and 25th. This annual event not only provides key updates and presentations to the industry but also presents  an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from others in the industry.

We were excited to learn of the  new Visitor Behaviour Research project being undertaken by the University of Tasmania -

Tourism Tracer is the largest project of its type in the world, both spatially and temporally. It is one of the most innovative and extensive research projects ever conducted into tourist travel.

The Tourist Tracking Project began its life in 2016. Using smartphones and an app, they have gathered unprecedented insights into where groups of visitors go, how they move around, and what influences their decisions.

Tourism Tracer allows you to see detailed information on how long someone stands at a lookout, walks through a national park or browses an art gallery. There is significant value and impact to be had for government, industry and community as a result of this unique initiative.

Check out the Tourism Tracer here.
Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Otways, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Winchelsea & Aireys Inlet

The Anglesea brand toolkits have now been launched. You can  purchase your copy from our online store.  We have also finalised the Anglesea brand film see below.
Anglesea is a story of outdoor adventure. Boogie boards on the whitewash and feet off the pedals. It's about taking on the day and making the most of every minute.

We are currently working with Growing Winchelesea to build more digital content. Which includes planning for a Winchelsea photo shoot. 

We are excited to be working with  Lorne Business and Tourism Association and  Surf Coast Shire on a new Love Lorne destination website.  We also hosted a "Dealing with Life’s Lemons" Workshops in Lorne on the 19th July using  Regional Development Victoria recovery funding. The workshop informed  operators on planning for resilience in challenging times.

Apollo Bay
The Apollo Bay destination action plan is being reviewed in the coming weeks. Revising current strategies for the destination and the local association will be part of the process. If you would like to be involved please contact

Otways operators participated in a brand story workshop this month. The workshop was held in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, Colac Otway Shire and the Otways Tourism Advisory Committee. All Otway businesses were able to access the workshop. 

Our spectacular event Shakespeare in the Otways Spring Trilogy, launched this month, thanks to Regional Development Victoria  recovery fund, Otway Country to Coast and the participating venues including many local sponsors. Check out the website for full details.  Remember to advise your guests on how they can pre-book their tickets!
I AM OTWAYS - showcase of the Otways visitor experience - Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Wye River, Kennet River and Wongarra
The destination planning process is now complete, and work has begun on developing their brand. We look forward to continuing the journey with this  part of the region who have seen many challenges over the past two years. 

12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland
We have now officially launched the new website. Thank you to Mark Cuthell for your assistance throughout this process.  Become acquainted with the new look website, we are sure you will love it!  

The new 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland Destination Maps are currently in production and will be available very soon.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me.
Jo Birley- Project Officer
Phone: 0448448666

Torquay, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland

Checkout the fabulous Portland brand film below!  We are sure you will love it!
Portland is a story of big adventure. It's about braving the elements to catch that legendary wave or elusive fish. It's about returning home wet, tired and exhilarated. I AM PORTLAND.
Reminder that the Casterton Destination Action Plan workshop is scheduled for Monday 28th August,  from 12:30pm please contact if you would like to attend.

Port Fairy
The Port Fairy Tourism Association (PFTA) along with selected operators will be presenting at the Visit Victoria Product Briefing on Tuesday 15th August. We look forward to sharing with you photos from the day.

We are also working in partnership with the Moyne Shire council and the PFTA 
to deliver some great workshops for the remainder of the year  so stay tuned for further details. 

Port Fairy drop in day, Thursday 17th August, 9am – 12noon, Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre – come along to chat to Lauren Orero and Claire Eats about the latest products from GORRT. To arrange an appointment email

Checkout the new finalised Port Fairy brand film below, we hope you enjoy it!
Port Fairy is a story of romance and whimsy. Where new bonds are formed over coffee or crafts. It's where the chain stores of the city feel miles away and time is replaced by music.
The next Torquay Life Festival meeting is scheduled for 5:45pm,  Tuesday 1st August, at the  RACV Resort Torquay. If you would like further details please contact  

Volcanic Lakes and Plains 
A date and venue is currently being confirmed for the next meeting  of Volcanic Lakes and Plains.  We will provide you with the full details very shortly. 

Warrnambool drop in day, Thursday 17th August, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, venue to be confirmed. To arrange an appointment email

If you have any further questions regarding any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Claire Eats- Project Officer
Phone: 0448123005


Hot Chocolate Festival - Every Day In August
Join the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery every day in August with 31 new ‘limited edition’ flavours in 31 days. That's a new flavour each day!  Each decadent hot chocolate is served with your choice of couverture chocolate, an extra shot of hot chocolate plus a handcrafted giant marshmallow. Vote on your favourite flavour for the chance to win your own body weight in our one kilo chocolate mega bars. Click here to find out more

Anglesea -  8 Kilometer Foot Race - 6 August, 2017
On Sunday, 6 August 2017 the Geelong Cross Country Club will conduct a handicap race for runners 16 years and older starting near the Anglesea Surf Club. The race begins at 9:00am and takes in a variety of terrain. Numerous spot prizes and age category awards will be  presented at the conclusion of the race. Click here to find out more

GORRT presents  "Recipe for Success Marketing Master Class" - August 10, 2017
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism - one day conference.  A marketing Masterclass that will have you focus on the key ingredients to achieving greater success in your business. Commit to spending a whole day focussing on your product, your brand and growing your audience. Learn tricks and tips to make your dollars, energy and efforts stretch further. Click here to find out more

Love Winter in Aireys Festival 2017- August 27, 2017
Lighten up your winter in Aireys Inlet, with the annual Love Winter in Aireys Festival, featuring events every week from June to August.With live music and performances, literary events, yoga and well-being, international cuisine, markets, art, trivia, salsa dancing, tennis and more, you’ll find plenty of reasons to stay and play in Aireys this winter. Click here to find out more

Winter Wild Apollo Bay Finale Weekend 12-13 August, 2017
Bring on the darkness. If you haven't already embraced one of our Winter Wild Weekends this is  your last chance! Fire is the theme of the final weekend and will kick off with a massed choir of 100 singers, ritual burning of festival the sculpture, live music and more. 
Program and Tickets available - click here to find out more

Don't forget to list your event FREE on the Visit Victoria website and the Visit Great Ocean Road websites. Go to
Can you afford not to speak to 76,000 potential visitors?
Currently we have over 29,000 followers on Facebook, 43,300 followers on Instagram and almost 4,000 followers on Twitter, thereby offering you an additional reach for your business of 76,000 people!

We encourage you to promote your business and your favorite images through our social media channels potentially giving your business further exposure. 

Consumer Facebook page -Visit the Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Limited - Like our corporate Facebook Page to get information on the latest Gorrt and Industry news.
Twitter @VstGreatOceanRd
Instagram-  Dont forget to tag us and use our official hashtags to be featured @visitgreatoceanroad #IAMTorquay #IAMAnglesea #IAMLorne #IAMApollobay #IAMOtways #IAMWarrnambool #IAMPortfairy #IAMPortland #GORWhales #GORevents #TastetheGOR

Or email your images and stories to

Here are some of the recent images that have featured on our social media feeds over the past month.
Who's starting their school holidays with a road trip? @ed_coney

Winter sun and the Lorne Pier it's meant to be. @le_monk

@melbaustralia making the most of the Winter school holidays with a trip to #iamwarrnambool

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