Surfing & windsurfing
Pack your bathers and your board and hit the surf at one of Victoria's many stunning beaches. Head to Elwood and Middle Park to try windsurfing and sailboarding, or head further south to the Mornington Peninsula and learn to surf from the pros on the gentle Sorrento waves. Big wave enthusiasts will find what they're looking for along the Great Ocean Road and on the Gippsland coast.
Try a spot of body boarding on the Sorrento back beach on the Mornington Peninsula or go to the calmer waters around Shoreham, where you can sign up for a marine tour on a stand up paddle board.
While most Victorian beaches have lifesavers patrolling between the red swimming flags, they aren't responsible for looking after surfers. Keep your eyes on the shore to work out where you are in relation to designated swimming zones.
Seasons and surfing
Looking for the perfect break to cap off your Victorian holiday? Autumn is usually the best time for waves in Victoria, as the surf tends to be smaller during the summer months.
The Great Ocean Road is the place to find some of the best waves in Victoria, like the famous Bells Beach and nearby Jan Juc. Surf's up all year around in Phillip Island, Victoria's first National Surfing Reserve, where stronger breaks and shelters bays will suit both pros and beginners. It's also worth checking out Gippsland's east coast: Sandy Point and Inverloch for surfing, as well as Shallow Inlet, which provides ideal windsurfing conditions.
Explore by region
Celebrate Mornington Peninsula's spectacular beaches by hitting the surf, either on your own if you know the waves well, or with an instructor.
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.
Gippsland boasts some of the state's most beautiful beaches, perfect for all types of visitors be they families, anglers or surfers.
Phillip Island is a surfing playground boasting sheltered bays for beginners, powerful reef breaks, and one of the best surf beaches in the country.
Declared a National Surfing Reserve in recognition of its quality breaks and pristine environment, Phillip Island offers four sites along its coast.