SURFING CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA
Torquay has it all. A relaxing interlude or an adrenaline pumping adventure!
Seek the ultimate ride on world-famous waves, lace up your boots for the Surf Coast Walk or stroll barefoot along sweeping beaches as the sand drifts in the sea breeze. Throw in a line, build castles in the sand, dine with the locals and drink their brew. Begin the journey on the spectacular Great Ocean Road…where coast and hinterland meet in a chorus of oohs and ahhs.
Home to world famous Bells Beach and the birth place of iconic surf brands, Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia. Located 95km south west of Melbourne, it is the official start of the Great Ocean Road.
Immerse yourself in the Aussie surf culture, with the biggest surf brands retailing in the Surf City shopping precinct, or visit some of the oldest surf clubs in Victoria, or get your toes wet and learn to surf. If you’re visiting during Easter, you will see the world’s best surfers compete at the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro - a world class event held in the birthplace of the global surf industry.
If you prefer to keep your toes dry, the Surf World Museum is a must-do, it’s a celebration of the Australian surfing culture and home to the National Surfing Hall of Fame. With epic pictures and hands-on displays there’s something to amaze every age.
Torquay is a vibrant seaside resort town on the Great Ocean Road, attracting thousands for its modern lifestyle, great beaches and surf culture. Shopping is a dream at Torquay, home to many surf clothing & surf equipment stores including Rip Curl & Quiksilver You will also find a blend of cafés and convenient takeaway outlets, ice creameries, hotels and restaurants. You can even learn to surf at one of our surfing schools. Boutiques and galleries are dotted around Torquay, there is something for everyone.
If walking is your thing, lace up your boots and start planning your Surf Coast Walk.
Spend an hour, a day or longer exploring this spectacular coastal walk that showcases the heart of the coastal landscape.
Don’t forget, board shorts aren't just the dress code in Torquay, they were invented here!
An absolute heaven for surfers, located about five kilometres southwest of Torquay, Bells Beach comprises a high concentration of quality surfing spots from Winkipop on the outer to Southside and the famous Bowl. In winter big swells and cold off-shore winds display Bells at it’s best. Bells is also the home of the famous Rip Curl Pro.
Bells Beach is in Wadawurrung country. Bells Beach has been visited by the Wadawurrung people for thousands of years and their connection with the reserve continues to this day.
What To See and Do
Stories of the Great Ocean Road QR Trail
Fun, free activity! The Stories of the Great Ocean Road QR Trail combines augmented reality, film and art to tell the story of the road.
A super fun way to see Torquay and its surrounds on some beatiful beachy, Amsterdam inspired pedal assist bikes.
Go Scavenger Hunt
Go Scavenger Hunt creates amazing events across Australia for corporate and social groups. Their high tech scavenger hunts use GPS, image recognition and augmented reality technology to create cool team...
Welcome to the Hut, your home away from home to connect, collaborate and be your most productive self.
Hand painted seascape art, inspired by places along the Great Ocean Road and painted in the Torquay Gallery by Adam Stanley. Adam is a passionate local artist and surfer.
Point Addis Marine National Park
The Point Addis Marine National Park features spectacular scenery with wide sandy beaches, crumbling limestone and sandstone cliffs, rocky platforms and copious small rocky reefs.
Eat & Drink
Dinny Goonan Wines
One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001.
The Farmer's Place
The Farmer's Place is a small working farm, cafe and market place located in Freshwater Creek.
The Minya Vineyard & Winery
The Minya Vineyard and Winery was established in 1974 by Jeff and Sue Dans. The name Minya was chosen from the Aboriginal name meaning "Place of Many Birds" to preserve...
Locally produced Glenkeen Honey with quality that you can taste. Honey is not only a healthier alternative to other sweeteners out there but it is also great for your gut health.
Brown Magpie Wines
Brown Magpie Wines is a family owned winery and vineyard in Modewarre, which is situated in the Surf Coast hinterland of the Geelong wine region.
Bells Beach Lamb
Where the paddock meets the sea. Bells Beach Lamb offers a full range of fresh and frozen lamb, either as full carcass or half, with the ability to tailor products...
Accommodation in Torquay
Torquay 1903 Period Cottages
Torquay 1903 Period Cottages are elegant and classically appointed, with a touch of old world charm. These one bedroom self-contained cottages offer modern day luxuries and optional breakfast provisions.
Torquay Holiday Park
Torquay Holiday Park is a family friendly caravan park set in a picturesque landscape of gardens and trees and located within walking distance to most beaches in the Torquay area.
Torquay Tropicana Motel
The Torquay Tropicana Motel is located at the heart of Victoria's surfing capital, and offers affordable year-round resort accommodation to meet your quest for the ultimate Torquay experience.
Countrywide Cottages have a lot to thank their fabulous guests for as their reviews across the internet won them the Number One position in the 2019 AAA Gold List self...
Bombora Bed and Breakfast
Stylish Bombora Bed and Breakfast is a dream escape in the heart of Torquay - close to Bells Beach, surf shops, restaurants, beaches and The Great Ocean Road.
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
The Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park is the only beachfront caravan park in Torquay. Situated at the start of the Great Ocean Road and on the picturesque Torquay Surf Beach, the...
Around the region
Chocolate Story Time Wednesdays at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Visit the Chocolaterie for Chocolate Story Time on Wednesday mornings from 9:45am to 10:30am during school terms. Children can enjoy exciting chocolate themed...
10 Jul 2020
Callum Watson - Jazz Piano Live Stream
Missing your fix of live jazz? Join award-winning Surf Coast jazz pianist and host of Geelong Jazz Soirees Callum Watson for a live...
16 Jul 202020:00 - 21:00
Surf Coast Afterglow Trail Marathon
A Special Edition 2020 event combines the Afterglow Night Trail Run and Surf Coast Trail Marathon in one big bundle of running joy.
21 Nov 202015:00 - 23:00