Torquay

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Torquay which includes a bay or harbour and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
The Great Ocean Road gets straight down to business at its official starting point: the surfing capital of Victoria and its world-famous breaks, contests and museum.

Take the plunge in Torquay, the birthplace of Australian surf culture as we know it today. The town gained worldwide acclaim when it launched iconic surf brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver, and its barreling breaks set the scene for international surf championships every year. Check the swell for yourself or watch the professionals from the beach. Pick up the latest surfwear items at Torquay’s extensive shopping mall or learn about the history of Australian surfing at the museum. Explore the gorgeous coastline and find secret coves and wave-lashed bluffs on a foreshore hike or settle in at one of the town’s cozy pubs and cafés.

Torquay’s main draw is its trusty surf spot, Bells Beach. Renowned as the heartland of Australian surfing, seasoned surfers flock to its notorious right-hander and reef breaks. Watch the action from the cliff-top parking lot and enjoy panoramic coastal views. Every Easter, Bells Beach hosts the internationally prized Rip Curl Pro event.

If you’re feeling inspired, be sure to visit Surf City Plaza to check out a range of stores retailing top-of-the-range surf gear. Check out the Australian National Surfing Museum and learn about the history of the sport in Australia. You’ll see the National Surfing Hall of Fame, as well as a collection of interactive displays. Now that you’re ready to try out the waves for yourself, book a surfing lesson at one of the nearby beaches. Go swimming at the sheltered beach that fronts the town and enjoy views of the pretty pine-studded foreshore.

Follow Torquay’s stunning coastline via one of the foreshore walking tracks. Hike along the Surf Coast Walk or stroll up to Yellow Bluff and Point Danger. Near to Point Danger, you’ll find a selection of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as the town pub.

Torquay is a 90-minute drive southwest of Melbourne and is the official starting point of the Great Ocean Road. Visit in summer for fantastic beach weather or in winter to watch the surfing pros at work. Experience Australian surf culture firsthand in the historic town of Torquay.

Where to stay in Torquay

The Sands Torquay
The Sands Torquay
4 out of 5
2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay, VIC, 3228
The price is AU$172 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a golf course. Popular attractions Torquay Sands Golf Club and Torquay ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"Comfortable, spacious room with a good view of the golf course. Bar/food area pleasant although it did get very busy and noisy on Saturday night. Luckily there was another room that we could move to."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2022

The Sands Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC, 3228
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$189 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Closeness to the beach was good and staff were very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2022

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Beachfront Resort Torquay
Beachfront Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100A The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC, 3228
The price is AU$235 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly resort in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking in their ...
3.8/5 Good! (619 reviews)
"we enjoyed the tranquillity for our first weekend getaway in over 24 years. very well equipped with quality appliances. We fell in love with this place, it will always be in our heart!"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Beachfront Resort Torquay
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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC, 3228
Stay at this 3-star beach cabin in Torquay. Enjoy a beach locale, a garden and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (530 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our winter stay at the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park. Loved walking along the tracks and the beaches. We found the park was lovely and quiet during this time of the year. More good aspects than bad. One issue that the cabins need to look at is mildew near the bedside areas."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2022

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Beachfront Cottages Torquay
Beachfront Cottages Torquay
4 out of 5
22 Pride Street, Torquay, VIC, 3228
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"Well presented & clean property, good size rooms, quality furniture & bedding. Enjoyed the stay. Thanks"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

Beachfront Cottages Torquay
Onshore Torquay
Onshore Torquay
4.5 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC, 3228
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Torquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (115 reviews)
"Ot was very spacious"

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Onshore Torquay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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