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
Feeling all too inadequate after entertaining the visiting Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, at their more modest single-storey homestead, prominent Western District squatter Thomas Austin and wife Elizabeth set to...
Point Danger Marine Sanctuary
Located in Torquay, one of Victoria's favourite seaside towns, Point Danger Marine Sanctuary is ideal for snorkelling and exploring the diverse marine life at low tide.
Surfcoast Kids is the place to shop for funky clothes and gorgeous gifts for beautiful bubs and cool kids.
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.
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.
Oishi-m [Oy-shee-em] is an independent Australian children’s brand and retailer amplifying the stoke of childhood. Our Torquay Designed (and largely Melbourne made) childrenswear splashes amazing fabrics together to create funky unique garments, accommodating variances in children’s sizes by catering for both skinny mini's and chubba bubbas.
Eat & Drink
The Farmer's Place
The Farmer's Place is a small working farm, cafe and market place located in Freshwater Creek.
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 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...
Number One Restaurant
Quality local ingredients such as beef and shiitake mushrooms from the Otways region, artisan cheeses and organic Camperdown garlic feature strongly in the contemporary menu of this elegant restaurant on...
Surf Coast Strawberry Fields
Surf Coast Strawberry Fields is a ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberry Farm situated on the Surf Coast Highway in Mount Duneed.
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.
Accommodation in Torquay
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 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.
The View on Grossmans
Experience a peaceful location on two acres, yet close to the town centre and beaches at The View of Grossmans. Property features a private self-contained unit, that sleeps up to six.
OnTrack Health Retreat Victoria
OnTrack Health Retreat is a specialist health retreat in Victoria near Melbourne for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels who want to lose weight, drop fat, get...
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.
Annette is a very compassionate lady who enjoys craftwork, photography & developing her dexterity of cooking skills.
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...
06 Apr 2020
Chocolate Discovery Class
This one hour, hands-on Chocolate Discovery Class is filled with an abundance of chocolate and truffle tastings, the chance to learn about how...
18 Apr 2020
Junior Chocolatier Classes
Become a Junior Chocolatier in a 45 minute Junior Chocolatier Class at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
07 Apr 2020
Easter at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie
The most delicious destination this Easter is the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie.
06 Apr 202009:00 - 17:00
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...
19 Apr 2020
Family High Tea at the Chocolaterie
Enjoy a fun family friendly high tea served at private tables in the Pod Cafe on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March at...
23 May 2020