Torquay and around the Surf Coast has some of the most pristine beaches ideal for swimming. Cozy corner is a very popular beach with usually calm water. Torquay and Jan Juc have patrolled beaches with life guards on duty at certain times of year.
Always swim between the yellow and red flags, these are moved regularly for safe swimming. Make sure you never swim alone. Do you know how to spot a rip? If not, ask the lifesaver on duty, rips are dangerous and can get you in trouble very quickly.
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.
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.
Walk the Dog
In Torquay and along the Surf coast, dogs are required to be on the leash at all times in public places unless specified as an off leash area.
Some reserves and beaches are designated as off leash areas.
Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, national parks or environmentally protected areas.
During peak visitor periods including summer and the Easter weekend, timeshare restrictions operate on some of the popular beaches. This means dogs aren't allowed in certain areas from 9am - 7pm. A sign indicating timeshare restrictions will be visible at each beach access point for guidance.
See the Sea From Above
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.
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.