Changed Traffic Conditions

Each year, a limited number of major events require changed traffic conditions. This can include full or partial road closures for on-road events and/or diversions to assist with traffic flow for large scale events such as the Rip Curl Pro.

Road closures require the approval of multiple agencies, including Council, Regional Roads Victoria (Department of Transport) and Victoria Police.

Part of our commitment to minimising the impact on our residents and local business operators, is to give as much notification as possible, by working with event organisers to ensure they are well informed and aware of any changed traffic conditions.

Notification of changed traffic conditions can include:

  • Letters to residents along the event route
  • Advance notification signage placed along the event route
  • Banner alert on this Surf Coast Events website
  • Electronic VMS signage placed along the event route
  • Advertisements in local papers
  • Community information sessions

Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride 

24 April 2021

“road closure notification”

As with previous years, road closures will be implemented along sections of the course to provide the safest possible environment for road users. A course map is enclosed showing the timing of these closures for each section of the ride, as summarised below:

Period of closure      

5.30am – 9.30am

The Esplanade Torquay between Beach Road and Gilbert Street

9.30am – 5.00pm

The Esplanade Torquay between Zeally Bay Road and Gilbert Street

7.30am – 10.00am

Section 2: Hendy Main Rd to Cape Otway Road Moriac

8.00am – 10.30am

Section 3: Cape Otway Rd Moriac at Church Rd to Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd

8.30am – 11.00am

Section 4: Cape Otway Rd from Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd to Birregurra-Deans Marsh Rd

8.30am – 12.15pm

Section 5: Birregurra-Deans Marsh Rd to Deans Marsh

9.00am – 12.30pm

Section 6: Deans Marsh-Lorne Rd to Neade St Lorne

Note: access will be available to Pennyroyal Valley Road from Deans Marsh General Store

Please also note the following:

7.00am – 9.15am

Section 1: please avoid the Anglesea Rd from the Bellbrae roundabout to Hendy Main Road, to minimise delays

Section 7: Great Ocean Road from Skenes Creek to Torquay will be open in both directions

There will be a smaller number of riders (approx. 300) leaving Torquay at 6.30am. These riders will be participating in an extended ride that follows the event course through Moriac before heading to the towns of Forrest and Skenes Creek, and then back to Torquay via the Great Ocean Road. There will be no road closures in place for these early starters.

More details can be found at

If you have any queries about the event, please don’t hesitate to call the Event Director on 0456 479 606 on event day.