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Torquay

Dose up on surf culture at Torquay, the home of Bells Beach and birthplace of iconic brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. The official start point of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Victoria's surfing and beach worship capital. Visit over Easter and see the world's best surfers compete in the mighty Rip Curl Pro.

A surfing obsession

Holiday with the family and play on one of the protected beaches, or if you prefer the action of the surging surf, nearby Jan Juc is a little wilder or for experienced surfers, tackle the big swells of Bells Beach. This world-famous beach is the venue for the Rip Curl Pro, one of the most sought after titles on the World Championship Tour.

Some of the biggest names in surfwear and accessories had their start in Torquay and their influence is on show at Surf City Plaza, a shopping precinct devoted to the sport. Stock up on the latest from the likes of Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Strapper, Gash and Rojo. Around the corner you can bag yourself a bargain from the Baines Court surf seconds outlets.

Museum trips and nature walks

While at its busiest in the hot summer months, Torquay is a year-round destination offering more than just amazing surf. Capture the spirit of surf culture with a visit to the Surf World Surfing Museum with pictures and hands-on displays. Stroll along sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs or take fine views of the coast from vantage points along the Surf Coast Walk. Don't be afraid of the name, snorkelling around Point Danger Marine Sanctuary is a great way to see some of the diversity of the area's underwater inhabitants.

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Things to do

Torquay

Beaches & coastlines

Bells Beach

Check out the waves at Bells Beach, one of Australia's famous surfing beaches and home to the Rip Curl Pro held every Easter.

Spa & wellbeing

Saltair Day Spa

Be treated to the ultimate spa experience at a luxurious retreat with ocean views nestled amongst the rolling hills of Spring Creek.

Museums

Australian National Surfing Museum

Check out the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame plus interactive displays and exhibits celebrating the history of surfing and beach culture in Victoria.

Water sports

Surfing

Surf the west coast of Victoria at beaches in the Great Ocean Road region from the famed breaks of Bells Beach to the wild waves beyond Discovery Bay.

Walking & hiking

Surf Coast Walk

Stroll along sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs or take in fine views of the Surf Coast from above the crashing waves against rocky headlands.

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Outdoor activities

Water sports

Take to the water along the Great Ocean Road and choose from an abundance of sporting activities including sea kayaking, surfing and scuba diving.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and 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.

Things to do

Family activities

Pack the car and drive through the Great Ocean Road region with the kids and find a range of fun activities for the whole family both indoors and out.

Great Ocean Road

Events

From world-class surfing and ocean swims to folk music and wine celebrations, the Great Ocean Road region hosts a diverse range of events all year.