Torquay

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Torquay showing a bay or harbor and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

The Great Ocean Road gets straight down to business at its official starting point: the surfing capital of Victoria and its world-famous breaks, contests and museum.

Take the plunge in Torquay, the birthplace of Australian surf culture as we know it today. The town gained worldwide acclaim when it launched iconic surf brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver, and its barreling breaks set the scene for international surf championships every year. Check the swell for yourself or watch the professionals from the beach. Pick up the latest surfwear items at Torquay’s extensive shopping mall or learn about the history of Australian surfing at the museum. Explore the gorgeous coastline and find secret coves and wave-lashed bluffs on a foreshore hike or settle in at one of the town’s cozy pubs and cafés.

Torquay’s main draw is its trusty surf spot, Bells Beach. Renowned as the heartland of Australian surfing, seasoned surfers flock to its notorious right-hander and reef breaks. Watch the action from the cliff-top parking lot and enjoy panoramic coastal views. Every Easter, Bells Beach hosts the internationally prized Rip Curl Pro event.

If you’re feeling inspired, be sure to visit Surf City Plaza to check out a range of stores retailing top-of-the-range surf gear. Check out the Australian National Surfing Museum and learn about the history of the sport in Australia. You’ll see the National Surfing Hall of Fame, as well as a collection of interactive displays. Now that you’re ready to try out the waves for yourself, book a surfing lesson at one of the nearby beaches. Go swimming at the sheltered beach that fronts the town and enjoy views of the pretty pine-studded foreshore.

Follow Torquay’s stunning coastline via one of the foreshore walking tracks. Hike along the Surf Coast Walk or stroll up to Yellow Bluff and Point Danger. Near to Point Danger, you’ll find a selection of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as the town pub.

Torquay is a 90-minute drive southwest of Melbourne and is the official starting point of the Great Ocean Road. Visit in summer for fantastic beach weather or in winter to watch the surfing pros at work. Experience Australian surf culture firsthand in the historic town of Torquay.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is ¥10,727 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach, and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (509 reviews)
"Spacious, comfortable, clean, good amenities, close to the ocean"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
The price is ¥17,486 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf World Museum ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Torquay Tropicana Motel
Torquay Tropicana Motel
3.5 out of 5
2 Grossmans Road, Torquay, VIC
The price is ¥12,002 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Located in the heart of Torquay, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Surf World Museum and Torquay Visitor Information Centre. Torquay Beach and Torquay ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (492 reviews)
"It was adequate for our stay thankyou"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2021

Torquay Tropicana Motel
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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is ¥10,727 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach, and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (509 reviews)
"Spacious, comfortable, clean, good amenities, close to the ocean"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Bell Street Apartment 11-7
Bell Street Apartment 11-7
Torquay, VIC
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Front Beach and Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. Torquay Central Farmers Market and ...
Bell Street Apartment 11-7
Onshore Torquay
Onshore Torquay
4.5 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (111 reviews)
"Clean, friendly staff and everything we needed!!!"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Onshore Torquay
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