Chuck on your thongs, stuff your wetsuit in a duffle-bag and cruise down the Great Ocean Road to Torquay in Victoria.
Known as the birthplace of Rip Curland Quicksilver,this is a surfing town from the tip of its custom roof-racks to the sand between its toes. The laid-back atmosphere and love of the ocean pervades every part of life in Torquay, and a visit is sure to leave you wistful for beach living. With swells that make you weak at the knees and locals who simply look great in a pair of boardies, Torquay is a beautiful stop, especially if you’re driving with mates around the coast. Pack your esky and your fishing rods and don’t look back.
TORQUAY’S TOP 10
10. Jan Juc This beach is known for its wild waves, so only good swimmers should bother.
5. Point Impossible Beach There are two breaks – one for beginners and one for experts. Nature’s very own training wheels.
9. Point Danger Marine Sanctuary Snorkel around this point to see the area’s underwater life.
4. Surf City Plaza It’s not just a shopping centre, but a mall completely devoted to your surfing needs!
8. Esplanade This stretch is the main part of town for shopping, dining and getting to know the locals.
3. Surf Coast Walk Take a stroll under the cliffs to get the best views of the coastline.
7. Taylors Park If you’re into wildlife, there are some great trails here, as well as a yabby pool.
2. Surf World Surfing Museum Torquay Are you ready to join the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame?
6. Lions Park A beautiful spot for a barbie or picnic. Get there early to snag the rotunda.
1. Bells Beach The most famous pure surfing beach in the land. Radical, dudes!
Australia Day offers a great excuse for picnics, beers, barbies and beach cricket. Plus you can watch the locals compete in the Australia Day Thong Challenge,which involves cruising up stream on a giant inflatable thong!
Each Easter, Torquay plays host to Australia’s most famous surfing comp, the Rip Curl Pro, as part of the World Championship Tour.
High Tide Festival is unique to this area and sees street parades, live music, performances, exhibitions and workshops.
WHEN TO GO
- Torquay is nice and sunny all year round, but winter can be decidedly chilly.
- December, January and February can get hot, so slip, slop and slap if heading to the beach.
- Spring and autumn are mild and sit around the yearly average of 25°C (77°F).
- You’ll struggle to drive the Great Ocean Road without a car!
- Once you’re in the town, walking will take you from beach to beach. There are also nice trails and tracks to explore.
- There is a bus service, which is handy for getting from one side of town to the other.
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