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
One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort
Designed to rejuvenate, One Spa provides luxurious treatments that awaken, revive and promote balance within the body.
Amitie Textiles and Cafe
Amitie Textiles and Cafe is a fabric lovers paradise and carries a huge range of inspiring fabrics suitable for patchwork, dressmaking and home decor projects
Surfcoast Party Hire
The Surfcoast Wedding Specialists. Your wedding is your special day, so you deserve to have it go as smoothly as possible. That’s where Surfcoast Party Hire comes in.
Salt and Pepper Gallery
Catherine is a professional Artist who uses her creative talents to produce paintings, sculptures and her original design scarves.
Torquay Surfing Academy
Torquay Surfing Academy offer professionally taught lessons in a variety of surf related activities which include, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding and body boarding.
Upstate Studios exists to help people find their positive state of mind. Whether you want to power up or wind down, their classes will strengthen your body and balance your mind.
Eat & Drink
Hilbilby Cultured Food
Hilbilby Cultured Food is a family business, specialising in traditionally cultured, food and drink. The living creations are delicious and full of beneficial bacteria, which is good for your gut.
Rocky Point Torquay
Rocky Point Torquay serves classic burgers by the beach. Eat in, relax in the beer garden or purchase take-away. Rocky Point Torquay is the premier burger establishment on the Surf Coast.
Crafted on Surf Coast, this new Seltzer range is the newest drink to come out of Torquay.
Mejavos is Torquay's finest delicatessen and coffee bar. Located closely to Torquay’s beautiful beaches. Offering a wide variety of options for breakfast and lunch.
Kisaan Estate Winery
Kisaan Estate Winery is a family owned boutique winery in Connewarre, approximately three minutes drive from the seaside town of Barwon Heads.
Meet Bob Sugar for Asian-fusion you can't refuse and fresh cocktails, just across from the beach. He might look very earnest, but it's really only you that completes him.
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.
Summer House Retreats
The Summer House is a luxury boutique retreat venue located in Torquay on the Surfcoast of Victoria.
Bells Estate Great Ocean Road Cottages
Located in Bellbrae, a quiet country town four kilometres from Torquay and just eight minutes' drive from the famous Bells Beach, Bells Estate Great Ocean Road Cottages features free Wi-Fi,...
RACV Torquay Resort
Perched within the backdrop of the Torquay and Jan Juc beaches, RACV Torquay Resort is set on an expansive golf course with spectacular ocean views and direct beach access.
Countrywide Cottages have a lot to thank their fabulous guests for as their reviews across the internet again won them the Number One position in the 2020 AAA Gold List...
Winchelsea Motel is situated in the historical town of Winchelsea, Victoria. Built in 1864, the Winchelsea Hotel has been tastefully restored.
Around the region
Junior Chocolatier Classes
Become a Junior Chocolatier in a 45 minute Junior Chocolatier Class at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
26 Jul 2021
Taste and Create Rocky Road Classes
Discover the taste of 12 the most popular chocolates from Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery specialty ranges then craft your very...
26 Jul 2021
Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride
The Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride is one of Australia’s premier and most spectacular recreational cycling events.
30 Apr 2022