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Torquay is the most vibrant seaside resort town on the Great Ocean Road, attracting thousands for its modern lifestyle, great beaches and surf culture. Make sure you see some of the town’s highlights during your stay.
Surf City Plaza
Located on the Surfcoast Highway, Surf City Plaza is home to many surf clothing & surf equipment stores including Rip Curl & Quiksilver. Nearby Baines Crescent has a number of factory outlets.
With its blend of cafés and convenient takeaway outlets, ice creameries as well as learn to surf schools, shops and the pub, Bell Street is a popular destination day or night.
Gilbert Street & Torquay Central
Gilbert St is the town centre of Torquay. As well as the supermarkets, bakeries, banks and post office, there is a range of casual cafés and retail.
Torquay Central is the Surf Coast’s newest shopping precinct right in the heart of Torquay. It features over 30 leading Australian brand name stores, including Just Jeans, Portmans, Witchery, Nine West, Tony Bianco, Diana Ferrari and a unique mix of speciality and home wares stores, cafés and eateries. Open 7 days from 9.30am until 5.00pm.
The cliff-lined sandy beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. It is just off the Great Ocean Road, near Torquay. Lifesavers patrol daily in peak holiday times and on weekends at other times during the warmer months, usually from late November until the end of Easter. Bird Rock is the name of the surfing spot for advanced surfers to test their mettle.
Home to the Rip Curl Pro surf competition, Bells Beach is one of the most recognised surf beaches in the world. It has a lot of history and a lot of character, with many of surfing breakthroughs happening on these waves. There is a car park at the top of the cliff where you can usually spot local surfers out in the water.
The high cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheatre of the beach and large swells from the Southern Ocean, slow down and steepen over the reef-strewn shallows, to create the outstanding surf.
The Rip Curl Pro is the worlds longest running surf event, attracting the world’s top ranked surfers competing for the most coveted trophy in surfing. The competition has run every Easter since 1961 and has been a professional event since 1973.
An island of serenity in the middle of Torquay, Taylor Park is popular for its glades of eucalypts, native vegetation and bird life. Explore the walking tracks on your way to the beach, or just enjoy the natural surroundings in the centre of town. Taylor Park is fronted by Fischer Street, Zeally Bay Road, Beach Road and Torquay Esplanade.
Torquay’s beaches are its “raison d’etre”. The long sandy beaches cater for all interests - from the serious surfer to the family looking for somewhere to take the kids for a paddle in calm shallow waters. Safe swimming beaches for families include ‘Cosy Corner’, located between Torquay’s Front Beach and the rocks at Point Danger & Fisherman’s Beach located between Whites Beach and Zeally Bay.