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
Spring Creek Horse Rides
Nestled in the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, experience spectacular riding through the unique bushlands of the Great Otway National Park with Spring Creek Horse Riding.
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.
Southern Exposure offers surf school, mountain biking and surf kayaking on the Great Ocean Road and Surf Coast in Torquay, Forrest Lorne, Anglesea, Ocean Grove and Forrest.
Point Addis Marine National Park
The Point Addis Marine National Park features spectacular scenery with wide sandy beaches, crumbling limestone and sandstone cliffs, rocky platforms and copious small rocky reefs.
Surf Coast Walk
Offering natural beauty and easy access, the 44 kilometre Surf Coast Walk lets you relax and enjoy a world-class walking destination at your own pace.
12 Apostles Flight Adventure from Torquay
12 Apostles Flight Adventures from Torquay provide you with a stunning view of whole of the Great Ocean Road, plus the rugged and untouched coast of Cape Otway all the...
Eat & Drink
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.
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 Strawberry Fields
Surf Coast Strawberry Fields is a ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberry Farm situated on the Surf Coast Highway in Mount Duneed.
Crafted on Surf Coast, this new Seltzer range is the newest drink to come out of Torquay.
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.
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.
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.
Countrywide Cottages have a lot to thank their fabulous guests for as their reviews across the internet won them the Number One position in the 2019 AAA Gold List self...
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.
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Just a 75 minute drive from Melbourne city centre, ideally positioned opposite Zeally Bay Beach at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Wyndham Resort Torquay is the most romantic...
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,...
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...
27 Sep 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...
01 Oct 202020:00 - 21:00
Art of The Minds
Art of The Minds, has evolved into a powerful community conversation centered on mental health and wellbeing.
01 Oct 2020
Jazz Memories Live Stream
'Jazz Memories' invites seniors from across Greater Geelong to share the story behind your favorite jazz song.
14:00 - 15:00
Surf Coast Afterglow Trail Marathon
A Special Edition 2020 event combines the Afterglow Night Trail Run and Surf Coast Trail Marathon in one big bundle of running joy.
21 Nov 202015:00 - 23:00
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