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Beaches & coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.

Torquay to Lorne

Torquay
The safe, protected sandy front beach is popular with families. Fishermans Beach is a favourite for boating, sailing and windsurfing. The back beach, also known as the surf beach, is usually safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during summer.

Jan Juc
Just west from Torquay you'll find a cliff-lined sandy beach popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen. Be careful of rips and currents caused by the shifting sand bottom. Lifesavers patrol during summer.

Bells Beach
Famous surf beach, home to the world's longest-running professional surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro. Cliff-flanked sandy beach and large ocean swells. Surrounded by a number of surf breaks including Winkipop, Rincon, Southside and Centreside, the Bells area is suitable for experienced surfers only.

Anglesea
Popular safe, sandy ocean beach, excellent for swimming and surfing. Large vegetation-covered sand dunes protect beach. Lifesavers patrol during summer.

Point Roadknight
Wide, sweeping sandy beach protected by rocky point. Excellent swimming. Also a favourite place for sailing and kitesurfing.

Fairhaven
Popular surf and swimming beach. Wide sandy beach set against a backdrop of Otway Ranges bush and residential area. Be careful of rips and currents caused by the shifting sand bottom. Lifesavers patrol beach during summer.

Lorne to Apollo Bay

Lorne
One of the most popular resort towns on the Great Ocean Road. Wide sandy beach with gentle surf on Loutit Bay. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during summer.

Wye River
Sandy beach with lush forest backdrop at the mouth of the Wye River. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months.

Kennett River
Safe swimming and surfing beach at the mouth of the Kennett River. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months.

Apollo Bay To Warrnambool

Apollo Bay
Wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach. Protected waters make it excellent for swimming. Popular with families. Surfing nearby. Lifesavers patrol in summer.

Blanket Bay
Nestled in the Otway National Park this protected beach has great rockpools for children to explore at either end of the beach. Take care when swimming because this unpatrolled beach can get choppy and may have rips.

Johanna Beach
Towering cliffs frame the pristine sandy beach. Excellent surfing but suitable for experienced surfers only. An alternative venue to Bells Beach for the Rip Curl Pro. Unsafe for swimming.

Port Campbell
Safe swimming beach in Port Campbell Bay. Surfing in the bay out from the pier. Close to the spectacular attractions of the Port Campbell National Park. Lifesavers patrol in summer.

Warrnambool to Nelson

Warrnambool
The city has a number of popular beaches. The main swimming, surfing and sailing beach is Lady Bay and close to the city centre. Surfing also at Hopkins River mouth and Logans Beach. Lifesavers patrol in summer.

Port Fairy
East Beach is the town's main beach for safe swimming and surfing. The wide, sandy foreshore extends in a gentle arc from the mouth of the Moyne River. Lifesavers patrol in summer.

Portland
Nuns Beach is a sweeping sandy beach between Whalers Point and the Lee Breakwater. Surfing beaches nearby at Watertower, Blacknose, Crumpets, Yellow Rock and Murrells.

Bridgewater Bay
Long, wide sweeping sandy beach set against the towering, rugged Cape Bridgewater headland. Safe for swimming and surfing. Lifesavers patrol during the summer months and up until Easter.

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