Hit the Beach
Although Torquay is known for its perfect surf, there are also some great spots sheltered from the swell that are terrific for families and swimming. Cosy Corner is between Torquay front beach and the rocks at Point Danger and Fishermans Beach is between Whites Beach and Zeally Bay.
Read about all of Torquay's beachs including general hazard ratings below.
- Least hazardous: 1-3
- Moderately hazardous: 4-6
- Highly hazardous: 7-8
- Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. The ratings are as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf.
Beaches listed from east to west:
Torquay, part of the Surf Coast is world renowned for its pristine beaches and spectacular coastline. While beach goers are encouraged to enjoy the natural assets caution must be taken at all times. Beach goers are urged to utilize life guard services during the summer season and to always be aware that ocean and waterway conditions change regularly. Beachsafe provides a comprehensive guide to water safety, life saving and ocean conditions within Australia.
Surf Coast Patrolled Beaches
Volunteer and paid lifeguards patrol popular Surf Coast beaches during the peak summer period. Lifesavers are only on duty when the red and yellow flags are displayed. Remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach.
November to April - Volunteer Lifeguards weekends and public holidays
December to February – Paid Lifeguards weekdays
Torquay – Cosy Corner
December to January – Paid Lifeguards weekdays
A Nurtured Environment
It’s no wonder that the Surf Coast’s beaches are amongst the most beautiful in Australia.
The preservation of the natural beauty and quality of the Surf Coast beaches is a high priority for the Surf Coast community.
The Surf Coast Shire has won a number of clean beaches awards, including the “Keep Australia Beautiful Victorian Clean Beach of the Year Award” for Bells Beach in 2010.
The Surf Coast was the first council in Victoria to implement “No butts, no cuts”; a program banning smoking and glass containers on all beaches in the Surf Coast.
Many local community groups also work on initiatives to preserve the cleanness and beauty of the Surf Coast beaches.