Not that you need the excuse in Torquay, but what a brilliant way to get amongst the natural beauty. Imagine yourself teeing off to the sounds of crashing waves, or that perfect approach with a flock of striking cockatoos flying above. Relaxation at its best!
Torquay has two golf courses, both offering 18 holes and incredible club facilities.
RACV Torquay Golf Club
Set within the backdrop of the Torquay and Jan Juc beaches, The RACV Torquay Golf Club is a challenging course for all golfers. The 18-hole traditional links-style golf course was redeveloped by Ogilvy Clayton, a Melbourne design team headed by former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Clayton. This fully irrigated Par 71 golf course features wide-open couch fairways, undulating greens, fescue roughs, wetlands and ocean views.
The Sands Torquay
The Sands Torquay was recently rated in the top 100 Golf courses in Australia by Golf Digest magazine. The Sands Torquay is a private golf club, boasting an 18 hole championship golf course complimented by five star facilities. Guests are welcome so reserve your tee time and experience golf at its finest.
Get the Point
Point Danger Marine Sanctuary is a reef ideal for snorkelling and exploring the diverse marine life at low tide. The area between Torquay's back and front beaches is a small limestone reef, which is only exposed at the lowest of summer tides. It lies just offshore and is often isolated from the beach by a deep sandy channel. A shipwreck lies there, the Joseph H. Scammell. Covered in small boulders and intricate seaweed beds, the reef is home to a number of weird and wonderful creatures.
Pack a picnic
When the sun is out, so should you be. Make sure you pack the picnic rug when visiting Torquay and enjoy a meal immersed in nature.
In summer, it stays light until 9:30pm providing plenty of time to enjoy the warm evening air. Water temperatures are mild in summer, and a refreshing late evening dip is a must before bed. In the winter, rug up in a cozy jacket and bring a bottle of red to keep the spirits warm. Set up in the sheltered nook of a tree, peering out to see the frosty winds chopping up the ocean.
There are many great spots to pull out your picnic rug around Torquay:
The wide grassy reserve beside Torquay's Front Beach along The Esplanade is a top spot for a picnic or barbecue. The ocean views are idyllic and there's usually a cool sea breeze on hot days. There are plenty of picnic tables, barbecues and a large children's playground.
Sitting between Zeally Bay Rd and Beach Rd along the Esplanade is the bushland reserve of Taylor Park. The reserve has loads of trails to explore including a small watering hole that attract plenty of bird life. The BBQs in Taylors Park are beside the Lawn Bowls car park.
Spring Creek is the creek running behind the sporting reserve on the corner of the Surf Coast Hwy and the start of the Great Ocean Road. On the western side of the creek, a walking track leads under the moonahs for peaceful views. You can go further on to the frog ponds and the BMX bike park. On the eastern side, dangle your feet in the water from the jetty near the netball courts or kick a ball around the oval.
Jan Jac Creek Playground
Surrounded by soft grass, the Jan Jac Creek Playground located on Carnarvon Ave is a great spot for the kids, sheltered from the cold onshore breeze that frequents the cost line. The park has BBQ facilities, a picnic table, a small playground and plenty of space to kick the footy.
Take to the air and experience a 12 Apostles Flight Adventure from Torquay. For a bird's eye view of the world famous Great Ocean Road through to the 12 Apostles. Soar over the iconic surf beaches of Torquay and the gateway to the Great Ocean Road as you take in the breathtaking coastal scenery and lush green hinterland of Victoria’s southern coast. The flight culminates with a fly over the amazing 12 Apostles before returning safely to Torquay in the hands of your professional and experienced pilot.
With a beach called Fishermans, you would expect some good fishing around here... and you’re not wrong. Surf fishing off the beach is popular, with some good spots around Separation Creek and Thompson Creek mouths and at Jan Juc Beach near Birdrock. Among the varieties regularly hooked are snapper, trevally, whiting, mullet, salmon, bream and flathead. Boat fishing provides its own rewards with some big fish, including sharks and barracouta taken from the deeper water.