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Surfing

The Great Ocean Road and 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 as part of the Association of Surfing Professionals world tour.

The coastline from Point Lonsdale 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.

As well as the pounding surf at beaches like Bells and Johanna, there are some more sheltered coves and bays with gentler waves terrific for beginners or for taking a surfing lesson with a local company.

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.  They still have a large presence in town with the Surf City Plaza retail facility on the highway full of surf stores and there are a number of factory outlets nearby offering fashion, accessories and equipment bargains.

Highlights

Lorne Beach and Foreshore

The wide ribbon of sand and gentle waves make Lorne Beach on Loutit Bay a perfect spot for swimmers, surfers and frolickers alike. The sand is only a short stroll from Mountjoy Parade, there are shower and toilet facilities and the beach is patrolled in Summer. In the foreshore reserve area there is a children’s playground, swimming pool, skate park, trampoline hire and lots of open space for games and picnics.

Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak

Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak offers a range of activities including surf lessons, Vegemite surfgroms, kayaking to the seal colony, snorkelling tours, rafting and fishing, surf board and body board hire, wetsuit and beach hire, camping and fishing, great ocean road bike hire, hire camping hire, group and school multi day camps. Apollo bay surf and kayak also offer accredited accommodation, which includes the above activities plus Aboriginal history tours, light station tours, horse riding, rock pool rambles and team building. Apollo bay surf and kayak can arrange transport to and from different locations of the great ocean walk, rental and transfers of camping gear, experienced tour guides, corporate programs, overnight packages, food provisions and transfers. Please contact Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak for further information.

Go Ride A Wave - Learn to Surf

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge into the ocean on a summer's day and try surfing? Most peoples response is that it looks way too hard, but Go Ride a Wave makes it easy and accessible to everyone. Lessons are run mostly at waist deep water, using specially designed soft foam boards and over 80 per cent of participants get to stand up even if it is only for a short time, in their first lesson. Go Ride a Wave has been teaching surfing since 1987 and their expert, qualified instructors not only teach you the basics, they make it an experience hard to forget. Full-length wetsuits, boards and instruction for two hours are all provided. Classes are run in Anglesea, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Lorne. Go Ride a Wave also offers two hour fun sessions on sit on top kayaks in the surf. Learn in sheltered locations with small waves where it is easy and fun for people getting started. Bounce over the waves on the way out and surf them. No prior experience is needed and the best quality kayaks, equipment and instructors are used. New activity for Go Ride a Wave is Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Anglesea River. Stand Up Paddle (or SUP) - depending on which way you look at it is suitable for anyone that is willing to give it a try. It is a fantastic way to get around on the water while giving you a great core work-out. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than normal surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. With proper instruction Go Ride a Wave can get you out on the water either with a lesson or hire.

Bells Beach

With an international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches, Bells Beach is amazing spot – either in the water or out. There isn’t much ‘beach’ at Bells, it’s mostly a glorious cliff-face, and views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular – a great spot to watch local surfers out in the water. There are several quality surfing spots in the precinct from Southside to Steps Reef. Every Easter Bells Beach hosts the international professional surfing community for the Rip Curl Pro event. To get to Bells Beach, travel along the Great Ocean Road past Jan Juc – turn left into Bells Boulevard and follow the signs. General Beach Hazard Rating: 6 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. SURFING Bells is a world class right when above 1.5 m. When smaller, the waves break close in to the headland and produce a right called Rincon. Further around the head are two more reef breaks which work below 2 m, called Centre Side (a right) and Southside (a left). FISHING The water is deep right off the beach, while at low tide you can fish from the reefs at each end. GENERAL One of the meccas of surfing and well worth a visit, if only to view the beach and surf from the bluffs. CARPARK Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 200 We provide this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. We remind you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches.

Surf Torquay

Torquay lives and breathes surfing, and the region has a global reputation as an amazing surf destination. Bells Beach hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro, where the best surfers in the world compete each Easter. Nearby Winkipop is also popular with experienced surfers. Torquay and Jan Juc offer good conditions for those wanting to learn to surf, and several schools operate classes at local beaches. Surf conditions can vary greatly, check with the Visitor Information Centre or local Surf Life Saving Club.
 

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

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