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Eden Project Anglesea, Australia

Eden Project Anglesea is a concept for a world class eco-tourism attraction on the site of a former coal mine which has been projected to create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate AU$350m for the regional economy in its first 10 years of operation, with 750,000 projected visitors per annum.


Did you know?

Eden Project Anglesea is the furthest new Eden from Cornwall, with 10,711 miles between it and the original Eden Project.

The vision

Eden Project Anglesea will fuse science and wonder to immerse visitors in the elements of fire, air, earth and water that are responsible for shaping the stunning coastal region along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

Set within the landscape of the Anglesea Heath, it showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences which celebrate the local ecology and tell a story of sustainability.

Eden’s concept amplifies the region’s prized environmental and cultural attributes including the scenic Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park, one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in the state.

Eden Project Anglesea presents an opportunity to showcase the site’s unique natural values while making a significant and lasting contribution to the region for generations to come. The project brings to life the guiding principles Alcoa developed in partnership with the Anglesea community to shape the transformation of the former mine site, which closed in 2015.


  1. 18 gigalitres

    The amount of water needed to completely fill the mine void, equivalent to 7,200 Olympic swimming pools.
  2. 243 kilometres

    The length of the Great Ocean Road, built by WW1 veterans as a memorial to fallen soldiers, making it the largest war memorial in the world.
  3. 40 hectares

    The size of Eden Project Anglesea, with the built form occupying around 10 per cent of this.
  4. 12 apostles

    45-metre high limestone structures in the Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road (eight are still standing). Eden Project Anglesea's structure rising from the water is a tribute to this magnificent landmark.

Traditional owners

Traditional owners

Eden and Alcoa acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we operate, the Wadawurrung People, and pay respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

We've had positive early discussions with the Traditional Owners from the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC) about the Eden Project Anglesea concept.

Eden is committed to genuine engagement and collaboration with the Wadawurrung – we share a goal to use the project as an exemplar for how a concept should be developed with traditional owners and look forward to working closely together.

Eden Project Anglesea will celebrate the cultural, spiritual and economic connection to the land of the Wadawurrung people, and will also provide employment opportunities for local indigenous people to be on country and manage country.

History of the site

The site was used for coal mining between 1959 and 2015, providing fuel for the adjacent power station, since when Alcoa have embarked on a programme of decommissioning and mine rehabilitation.

Since closing operations in 2015, Alcoa has been actively progressing the rehabilitation and closure of the Anglesea mine and power station site to deliver a safe, stable and sustainable site. Working in a safe and environmentally compliant manner, they have reached many milestones including the decommissioning and removal of the power station, and the completion of the major earthworks program and vegetation strategy works in the mine.

Concurrently, Alcoa has been working alongside the community to identify new potential within their landholdings through long-term land use planning. This engagement continues to guide project activities to ensure Alcoa leaves a positive environmental, cultural and economic legacy for Anglesea and the greater Surf Coast community.

Map of Australia with Anglesea marked with a pin


Anglesea is a small town of around 2,500 people in the Australian state of Victoria, located on the south coast of the country and 68 miles (110 kilometres) away from the Victorian state capital Melbourne.

Eden Project Anglesea overview

Key Milestones

Key milestones


  • Alcoa Anglesea Mine and Power Station closure
  • Planning begins for the remediation and closure of the mine site, and the demolition and remediation of the power station
  • Guiding Principles for future land use planning developed with the community
  • Community consultations about Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan and Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan
  • Draft Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan submitted to the Victorian Government’s Earth Resources Regulation
  • Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan published and submitted to the Victorian Government’s Anglesea Futures


  • Eden Project Anglesea concept released for community consultation

  • Feedback from initial consultation released (see below)

  • Ongoing engagement with community and government


  • Ongoing engagement with community and government
  • Stage one of the groundwater pumping test to investigate using groundwater to fill mine void completed

Next steps

  • Resolve Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan water strategy
  • Determine planning authority, rezoning application process and land tenure changes
  • Conduct further community engagement and feedback
  • Develop detailed designs, built form, traffic, infrastructure planning
  • · Rezoning application and planning permits

Connecting with the community

Eden Project and Alcoa are delighted in the community interest in the Eden Project Anglesea concept. Following our initial consultation activities in 2019, we have continued to engage with the Anglesea and broader community. Due to the pandemic, we have not been able to engage face to face since February 2020 so we have produced regular community updates and look forward to hopefully being back in Australia later in 2022.

Community updates from EPIL CEO David Harland

Community engagement report and appendices from May/June 2019 activities

More than 800 people attended the initial consultation events in May and June 2019, with thousands more engaging online.

The first community engagement report provides a detailed summary of the feedback received and answers the most common questions heard during the first phase of community engagement activities.

Community Engagement Report and Appendices


Anglesea mine rehabilitation update

Contact us

To contact the Eden Project Team:

Fill in our online enquiry form

To contact the Alcoa Anglesea Project Team:


Mail: Alcoa of Australia, Camp Road, Anglesea, VIC 3230


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