The Great Ocean Road region has some of the world surfing professionals' favourite surf spots. Most famous of all is internationally renowned Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro event - a hallmark event for Victoria.
The coastline from Torquay to the 12 Apostles has surf spots dotted along it. You get a clue when the surf is pumping when certain car parks along the Great Ocean Road are full of local tradesmen's vans and utes - having downed tools for the day to capitalise on the good conditions.
If you're an inexperienced or beginner surfer, the best way to learn is to take a surf lesson. These are usually held by qualified professionals on easier breaks (usually east of Apollo Bay or west of Warrnambool).
Between Cape Otway and Warrnambool is not the place for the newbie surfer, with bigger swells and tougher conditions.
Many of the beaches are patrolled in Summer, and lifesavers can give advice on local breaks, reefs, tides and currents. Please visit the Beach Safe website for more information by clicking here.
Torquay, at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, was the birthplace of surf culture. The leading surf brands of Rip Curl and Quiksliver were established here more than 30 years ago and are now global market leaders in clothing and equipment for surf, snow and adventure sports.
For more information on surfing in the 12 Apostles region, visit here.