Torquay is the town at the start of The Great Ocean Road. It is famous as one of the birthplaces of modern surfing, and remains a mecca for surfers. There are good surf beaches here, an extensive surfwear retail precinct and lots of cafes and restaurants. On the outskirts of Torquay is Jan Juc surf beach, then a few minutes drive to the Bells Beach turn-off.
Bells Beach is one of the world’s great surf beaches and hosts the annual RipCurl Pro on the world surfing tour. It’s amphitheatre like setting also makes for great surfer viewing.
From Bells Beach 10 minutes in the car brings you to Anglesea with its river wetlands and surf beaches. The local golf club is a popular destination to spot kangaroos. Along the road after the main shopping area the Anglesea River opens into a broadwater near its mouth with the sea. It is a good spot for a relaxing walk and there are hire boats available most days through the summer months.
It’s another 15 minute drive to Aireys Inlet, marked on the coast by the Split Point Lighthouse. If it is close to lunchtime the highly rated A la Grecque restaurant on The Great Ocean Road serves wonderful seafood and quality produce in a relaxed inside/outside setting. The owners have a richly deserved reputation for excellence over many years along this coast.
The Great Ocean Road then takes a long stretch along Fairhaven beach before rising into the first of the Otways forest. There are some good vantage points over the next few kilometres before descending into the resort town of Lorne. There are several cafes serving all day and an interesting mix of fashion, moments and art among the shops of Lorne. There is a good surf beach here, best viewed along the road past the shopping area.Tweet
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