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
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.
A super fun way to see Torquay and its surrounds on some beautiful beachy, Amsterdam inspired pedal-assist bikes.
Black Salt Co
Black Salt Co. was founded by mother-daughter duo Amber and Jenny Foster in the town of Torquay.
RACV Torquay Golf Club
Set within the backdrop of the Torquay and Jan Juc beaches, the RACV Torquay Golf Club is a challenging course for all golfers.
Surfcoastimages is a gallery carrying an extensive range of West Coast photography from the 12 Apostles to the Bellarine Peninsula by Kevan Way.
Easterly invites you to immerse yourself in an indulgent and coastal lifestyle as you step inside your new home. Torquay’s very own Easterly furniture and interiors will inspire your way of living, one piece of furniture at a time.
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.
Surf Coast Coffee Roasters
Surf Coast Coffee Roasters is a local coffee toaster supplying freshly roasted coffee and their own line of Surf Coast Tea Merchants Tea, drinking chocolate and chai.
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.
Crafted on Surf Coast, this new Seltzer range is the newest drink to come out of Torquay.
Peach's Torquay is renowned for the finest selection of seasonal produce and speciality items from local growers, farmers and suppliers.
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.
Ocean Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ocean Manor Bed and Breakfast is architecturally designed for an overnight stay or a relaxing weekend.
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.
Ocean Edge Holiday Rentals
Ocean Edge Holiday Rentals Offers a great range of accommodation to suit all travellers needs. From extraordinary homes that will take your breath away, to beautifully appointed family dwellings that...
Serenity Torquay Sea View
Leave stress behind and indulge in a luxurious beachside getaway at one of Victoria's premier resort towns. Serenity Torquay: Sea View, Victoria ticks all the boxes.
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.
15 May 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...
15 May 2021
Rocky Road Festival at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
The European Chocolatiers will be giving the classic Aussie sweet treat a makeover throughout the entire month of May with their annual Rocky...
15 May 2021
Join the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to celebrate their annual Brownie Festival from the 10th until the 27th of June.
10 Jun 2021
Giant Chocolate Lollipop Day at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Celebrate the Queens Birthdays long weekend at the Chocolaterie and make your very own giant chocolate lollipop.
14 Jun 2021