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.
An Active Day in Torquay
Check out this planned itinerary for what you should do on An Active Day in Torquay. We believe a healthy lifestyle is about balance by mixing up some exercise with some indulgences to really appreciate the beauty and lifestyle of such an awesome spot in the Surf Coast. But most importantly, have fun!
Surf Coast Walk
Explore the inspiring coastal landscapes on foot or by bike when you enjoy the Surf Coast Walk. Relax and soak in the natural beauty offered on this easily accessible trail.
Check out the stunt filmed near Bells Beach at Jarosite Reef recently - Rex Pemberton catches a wave... after jumping out of a helicopter!
If breathing in fresh air after a day of invigorating outdoor activities is not enough, take a few moments to unwind with the ultimate in relaxing spa treatments.
Walk along the waters edge, below towering sea-cliffs or take a flight for a bird's eye view of the dramatic coast and hinterland. Whatever your adventure, you are sure to find it along the road.
Hit the Beach
Have you had your morning swim? The coffee's getting cold, so you better go quickly! Torquay beaches are good for more than just surfing, in fact some beaches hardly have a ripple at all. A great way to start the day!
The world famous Bells Beach is an amazing spot both in the water and out! Surf the world class right hand Bowl or simply marvel at those who do from the bluffs above.
The Home of Surf
Home to the Bells Beach Pro, icons like Quicksilver and Rip Curl and a different break around every corner, Torquay is the undisputed surfing capital of Australia. Beginner to advanced, the waves await.
Surf City Shopping
Surf City Plaza is the place to slip into your surfer style, offering everything from beach towels, fashion to surfboards and wetsuits. Home to surfings biggest brands and retail outlets.
A Tour of Torquay
Torquay is the most vibrant seaside resort town on the Great Ocean Road, attracting thousands for its modern lifestyle, delicious restaurants, great beaches and surf culture.
Eat & Drink
Food is fuel, so after a day of activities, kick back and soak up the friendly atmosphere at a local pub, or savour regional produce with a story from paddock to plate.
Make sure you see Torquay in all its glory!
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.
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!
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.
Find a place to stay in Torquay
Browse through our selection of accommodation
Ocean Manor Bed & Breakfast
On The Esplanade
South Beach Haven
Set on a tranquil five acres and minutes from central Torquay and its famous beaches, South Beach Haven is a luxurious, modern, self-contained accommodation offering gourmet cooked breakfasts or gourmet...
The Minya Vineyard & Winery
The Minya Vineyard & Winery was established in 1974 by Jeff and Sue Dans. The name 'Minya' was chosen from the Aboriginal name meaning 'Place of Many Birds' to preserve...
Mount Moriac Hotel
Mt Moriac Hotel was established in 1844 to cater for the growing trade along the track between Geelong and Colac.
Winchelsea Tea Rooms and Cafe
Stop for all day breakfast and lunch, or morning and afternoon tea at the beautiful Winchelsea Tea Rooms and Cafe.
Dinny Goonan Wines
One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001.
Torquay Bowls Club
Restaurant and Cafe
Bellbrae Estate is fortunate to be situated right in the heart of one of the world's most magnificent stretches of coast, Victoria's Surf Coast.
CHAT TO A LOCAL
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