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Landmark $350m Vic Surf Coast tourism development, CORA, gets Government green light – boosts jobs and tourism

October 9, 2020 Visit Oceania No Comments Email Email

Victoria’s State Government has today approved plans on what is set to be ‘Victoria’s own MONA’ in the development of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and only sport, health and wellness tourist destination of its kind on Victoria’s Surf Coast: CORA.

Victoria’s Surf Coast currently receives the highest visitation of any region in Australia, however, yields comparatively low spend from its visitors – CORA will create a health, wellness, retail and sport destination that no local or international tourist should miss.

Located on Cape Otway Road Australia the $350m development sprawling over 550-acres will be an Australian and world-first providing an elite-level training facility alongside paddock-to-plate nutrition, leading sports science, luxury accommodation and a focus on holistic wellness all in one place.


  • CORA is set to create over 1,000 direct jobs at the height of construction (including a commitment to at least 750 local jobs) and at least 670 ongoing full-time jobs once in operation
  • 265 acres dedicated to ‘Trust for Nature’ to ensure its status as a conservation area
  • The proposed development includes 4 and 5 star accommodation (128 hotel rooms, 37 eco lodges and 24 retreat homesteads)
  • A key feature of the property will be its elite sports facility for the best in sports, corporate teams and visitors to enjoy, featuring; multiple playing fields, a gymnasium, yoga studio, cardio gym, VR training studio, netball, volleyball and indoor tennis courts, track and field, an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as cycling, running and fitness tracks
  • The development will house world class art galleries showcasing Indigenous and contemporary Australian and international art
  • The Retail Village will feature a planned mix of food and beverage tenants including a microbrewery, selection of paddock-to-plate restaurants, a bakery and gelateria showcasing farm-fresh milk to ice-cream demonstrations
  • Another key element of the landmark is its Wellness Centre located remotely from other facilities as a place to recharge offering a spa, yoga, Pilates and meditation studio as well as a beauty salon


  • Felicia Mariani, CEO Victoria Tourism Industry Council Felicia is able to provide additional information on the impact CORA will have on Victoria’s Tourism and how it will assist in generating a reason for tourists to stop and engage with the local area, rather than driving through
  • Liz Price, General Manager Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Is available to speak on her team’s focus on showcasing and highlighting the other incredible offerings of the Great Ocean Road region in a bid to decrease congestion along the road itself. Liz sees CORA as an opportunity to encourage tourists to stay longer, travel further, spend and see more of this unique place
  • Daryl Pelchen, co-founder of CORA to discuss how the idea was conceived, the planning process to date and his vision for CORA for locals, Victorians, Australians and the world

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