DescriptionThe Bass Coast Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the south- eastern part of the state. The Bass Coast Shire is named after its most precious asset, the coasts of Bass Strait and Western Port. Bass Coast is located about 130 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and is predominantly a coastal municipality with a unique coastline complemented by a beautiful hinterland. Bass Coast is one of the few Victorian municipalities whose two major industries are tourism and agriculture. Cattle and dairy farming are the area's agricultural backbone, with boutique farming such as venison and vineyards fast emerging. Bass Coast Shire has one of the highest growth rates in Victoria and 29% of the resident population is over the age of 60. During peak holiday periods, Bass Coast's population exceeds 60,000.