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.
Great Ocean Road Holidays
Great Ocean Road Holidays offers over 800 holiday rental homes and apartments in Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Apollo Bay and beyond.
The team at Explore+Engage+Enjoy are active travellers who love the spirit of adventure, whether it’s for business or pleasure.
Lili Fine Jewellery
Lili Fine Jewellery is a small family owned business specialising in quality handmade custom designed pieces from diamond engagement rings, remakes, remodels to simple jewellery repairs.
XTM Performance has carved out a niche supplying snow and outdoor apparel domestically and internationally. They work with the world-famous materials and technologies including Woolmark certified Australian Merino Wool and...
Arizona Living is a unique plant nursery specialising in cacti, succulents and indoor plants. They focus on helping people select plants that will survive and thrive in the Victorian coastal environment.
Eat & Drink
If you want to experience the best steak on the surf coast, visit Squires Loft. If you want the best steak and arguably the best service around, visit Squires Loft.
Common Ground Project
Common Ground Project is a not-for-profit community farm and restaurant that promotes food security by creating fair access to locally grown, healthy food.
Winchelsea Hotel is located on the main street of the Winchelsea town centre. A historic town Hotel established in the 1800s within the region of the Great Ocean Road, known...
My Beach Kitchen
My Beach Kitchen provide a pick-up service of precooked meals, using fresh, local and as organic as possible ingredients. Restaurant quality food for you to have at home with your family.
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.
Bird Rock Jan Juc
The iconic Bird Rock Jan Juc has connected locals and travellers for decades. Found in the heart of Jan Juc, Australia where the surf is world famous.
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.
Coastal Forest Lodge
Coastal Forest Lodge is ideal for school, church, family, youth or club camps and retreats. Located on a beautiful 196-acre property just off The Great Ocean Road.
Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay
Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay is a contemporary, premium resort destination nestled between the beach and the fairways of a championship golf course.
Gateway To The Great Ocean Road B&B
Located on the picturesque Great Ocean Road, Gateway to the Great Ocean Road B&B is the perfect place for your next stay.
Stay 3 One for Free, Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Torquay
Pay for 2 nights accommodation at Gateway to the Great Ocean Road Torquay, and get a Third Night FREE & a complimentary breakfast hamper
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...
28 Nov 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...
03 Dec 202020:00 - 21:00
Kiteboarding Australia Wave Nationals
Kiteboarding Australia as part of the "Cabrinha National Wave Series" is excited to return to Point Danger, Torquay for the 2021 Kiteboarding Australia...
05 Feb 202110:00 - 16:00
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the first event of the Australian Grand Slam on the WSL Championship Tour.
01 Apr 2021
Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride
The Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride is one of Australia’s premier and most spectacular recreational cycling events.
24 Apr 202107:00 - 15:00