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Bass Coast Mainland

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bass Coast Mainland is 22,630, with a population density of 0.30 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bass Coast Mainland is bounded by the South Gippsland Highway in the north, South Gippsland Shire in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and Western Port Bay in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1826 when a military outpost was set up at Corinella. However, permanent settlement did not occur until 1835, with land used mainly for cattle grazing, farming, timber-getting and coal mining. Population was minimal until the 1860s and 1870s when land was opened for selection and townships were established. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the construction of railway lines and the growth of the Wonthaggi and Inverloch townships. Significant development did not occur until the 1940s. The population increased from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Bass Coast Mainland is a rural, township and resort area. Rural land is used largely for sheep grazing and beef and dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Inverloch and Wonthaggi townships, Chisholm Institute of TAFE (Bass Coast Campus), Bunurong Marine National Park, Wonthaggi Golf Club, The Golf Club Bass Coast, Wonthaggi State Coal Mine Heritage Area, Lang Lang Proving Ground, Wonthaggi Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Bunurong Environment Centre & Shell Museum, Bass Coast Regional Health, Grantville Nature Conservation Reserve, Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve, George Bass Park, North School Wild Flowers Reserve, Wetlands Reserve, Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, George Bass Coastal Walk, Bass Coast Rail Trail, various beaches and a number of schools.

Included areas

Bass Coast Mainland encompasses the localities of Adams Estate, Almurta, Anderson, Archies Creek, Bass, Cape Paterson, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Dalyston, Glen Alvie, Glen Forbes, Grantville, Harmers Haven, Inverloch (part), Jan Jerrup, Kernot, Kilcunda, Kongwak (part), Krowera (part), Lance Creek, Lang Lang (part), Loch (part), North Wonthaggi, Outtrim (part), Pioneer Bay, Pound Creek (part), Queensferry, Ryanston, San Remo, South Dudley, St Clair, Tenby Point, The Gurdies, Wattle Bank, West Creek, Wonthaggi, Woodleigh and Woolamai.