Torquay

Once past the Bellarine Peninsula you meet what is known as the ‘surf coast’, well named because of some of the best surf beaches in the world.

First stop is the seaside town of Torquay. Populated in the 1950’s by a new breed of surf lovers who lived for the waves and manufactured their own surf boards. The town developed in pace with surfing and the surfers who went on to design boards and later the clothes worn by surfers. Torquay is a classic beach town, the start of The Great Ocean Road, and home to many of the surfing world’s fashion labels and surf boards. There is an entire precinct dedicated to surfing, including the museum SurfWorld. You could easily spend 1 or 2 hours in this area, depending on your appetite for shopping.  The world’s largest surfing museum is in the plaza area.

There is a Tourism Information Centre nearby; pick up a walking trail map for the surf coast as there are some short walks nearby on the coast. Torquay has a picturesque main beach and a surf beach, and the town has plenty of snack and meal options.

The world famous Bells Beach is a ten minute drive along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay. Bells is home to the Rip Curl Pro on the World Championship Tour, and usually has long large swells for the sightseer. You can walk to Point Addis along the headland and beaches, but you need to allow about 2 hours return. If not, drive to Point Addis for panoramic ocean views. Much of the forest through this area is a eucalypt called Ironbark, which has a distinctive black trunk.

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