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.