The first stop along the iconic Great Ocean Road, Torquay is where it all begins. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne and 30 minutes from Geelong, Torquay is a saltwater playground on the doorstep of the city. Immerse yourself in quintessential Australian surf culture in town renowned for producing legends of the ocean.

Seek the ultimate ride on world famous waves, lace up your boots for the Surf Coast Walk or stroll barefoot along sweeping beaches as the sand drifts in the sea breeze. Throw in a line, build castles in the sand, dine with the locals and drink their brew. Begin the journey on the spectacular Great Ocean Road… where coast and hinterland meet in a chorus of oohs and ahhs.

Must Do's

Make sure you see Torquay in all its glory!

Australian National Surf Museum

The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

An unforgettable experience, the Australian National Surfing Museum offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes.

Marvel at the working shaping bay, where you can watch international shaper Eiji Shiomoto shape boards from traditional malibus to high performance shortboards. If he’s not in action, you can still view Eiji’s latest projects, templates, equipment and tools of the trade.

Sunrise at Bells Beach

Never surfed in your life, no matter! A trip to Bells is a chance to capture a bit of the magic for yourself. Just watching the die hard locals make the most of a good swell and you will feel like you are part of a secret club.

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Shop, Shop, Shop!

It's pretty easy to slip into the laid back style of Torquay, but if you are in need of help, then Surf City, home to all the big brand locals, is the place to shop. Get kitted out in the latest surf and skate gear and you will blend in with the locals.

Rip Curl & Quiksilver have come a long way from their humble beginnings and here you will find their latest and greatest. Be spoilt for choice Billabong, Oakley, Patagonia, Beach Crew, Rojo, Blunt, Strapper, Globe and Ghanda.

 

Sample a Local Brew

Enjoy a craft brew from local brewer, Renn Blackman at Blackman's Brewery. Marvel at the technical nature of brewing or sample some great food meant to be enjoyed with beer.

Taste a current brew, can we suggest the Reginald IPA named for Ben's grandfather who shared its big angry style!

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Market Fun

There is something magical about wandering a market in search of treasure, whether it is in-season produce from the local farmers, treasures discarded by others or the works of local artisans. Make sure your visit to Torquay includes a trip to one of our favourite markets.

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CHAT TO A LOCAL

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Get the low down from a local!

Need help planning your visit to Torquay and the Great Ocean Road?  Then the first stop is the Torquay Visitor Information Centre.

Drop in, or phone the Torquay Visitor Information Centre for more information on the region or help planning your holiday. We are open  9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Address: Surf City Plaza, 77 Beach Road, Torquay, Victoria 3228
Phone: +61 3 5261 4219