Be invigorated by the fresh ocean breezes and revel in the rugged coastal landscapes of the Great Ocean Road all year round. Paddle, swim or surf in the waves, take a stroll along pristine white beaches, and gaze out to sea from towering limestone cliffs. Surf fans won't want to miss the famous Rip Curl Pro, which see the world's best surfers battle it out at Bells Beach.
Torquay to Lorne
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.
Just west from Torquay you'll find a cliff-lined sandy beach popular with swimmers, surfers and fishers. Be careful of rips and currents caused by the shifting sand bottom. Lifesavers patrol during summer.
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.
Popular and relatively safe, sandy ocean beach, excellent for swimming and surfing. Large vegetation-covered sand dunes protect beach. Lifesavers patrol in summer.
Wide, safe, sweeping sandy beach protected by rocky point. Excellent swimming. Also a favourite place for sailing and kitesurfing.
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 in summer.
Lorne to Apollo Bay
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.
Small sandy beach with lush forest backdrop at the mouth of the Wye River. Popular for swimming and surfing. Strong rips at each end; swim in the centre on the bar. Lifesavers patrol in summer months.