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Torquay
Travel Guide

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.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$96 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Nice close to the beach. No fresh towels we stayed for four days."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
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The price is AU$162 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf World Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (939 reviews)
"Excellent property. Extremely friendly staff and can’t wait to return. Reasonably priced."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Beachfront Resort Torquay
Beachfront Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100A The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
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This family-friendly Torquay resort is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Surf World Museum and Torquay Central ...
3.9/5Good! (582 reviews)
Good comfortable rooms
"This is the fifth time we have stayed here. We stay in the part managed externally by holiday rentals, as it's better value. The rooms are always comfortable and well appointed. The facilities at the resort are great and happy hour downstairs is also great. Some things need upgrading in the rooms ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2021

Beachfront Resort Torquay
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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$96 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Nice close to the beach. No fresh towels we stayed for four days."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Holiday Park
Torquay Holiday Park
2 out of 5
55 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$131 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
This family-friendly Torquay campsite is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Surf World Museum, Torquay Central Farmers Market and Torquay Visitor ...
4.1/5Very Good! (367 reviews)
"The park was walking distance to everything, beach, shopping and eating places. The cabin was quite small but there were bigger ones with balconies u could obviously get. There were only 2 of us so small 1 was fine, bunk room extra small. Had everything u need tho!"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Torquay Holiday Park
Onshore Torquay
Onshore Torquay
4.5 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf ...
4.4/5Excellent! (108 reviews)
"It was a lovely place to stay - very family friendly. Lovely pool and amenities. Apartment was great but needed to be cleaned."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

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