BEACHES

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If you love the beach, you will love the Great Ocean Road region.

From Torquay to Portland and beyond there are literally hundreds of bay and ocean beaches to choose from, and they are magnificent all year round. In summer they act as a cool retreat, while in winter a wonderful backdrop to get away from the cities.

It may be tempting to jump in anywhere along the coast, but we advise it's best to look for the yellow and red beach flags. They signify that there are lifesavers around looking after you and your family, at patrolled beaches. You can help by swimming between the flags and being conscious of beach safety.

The Great Ocean Road region also has hundreds of breaks along its coast and draws a steady stream of seasoned surfers all year round. Weekends and school holidays are fairly crowded but because there are so many breaks, there's a wave for everyone. The region is also a great place to learn how to surf. There are a number of excellent surfing schools along the coast.