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Torquay
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Torquay

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
The price is £115 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar

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! (933 reviews)

"Fantastic ocean view. Beautiful beach just in front of the hotel. Very nice place for someone who likes hiking around the coast, swimming, surfing, walking, jogging and much more. Happy to stay again..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Torquay Tropicana Motel
Torquay Tropicana Motel
3.5 out of 5
2 Grossmans Road, Torquay, VIC
The price is £74 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar

Located in the heart of Torquay, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Surf World Museum and Torquay Visitor Information Centre. Torquay Beach and Torquay ...

4.3/5Excellent! (484 reviews)

"It was clean and all the staff were lovely, especially the room cleaning staff ... couldn’t do enough for you ... every request was handled quickly and efficiently. Quiet location on outskirts, loved it"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Torquay Tropicana Motel
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is £80 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Torquay Golf Club and Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (481 reviews)

"Most definitely the best park I’ve ever stayed at. Everything we needed was at our fingertips. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Torquay

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is £80 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Torquay Golf Club and Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (481 reviews)

"Most definitely the best park I’ve ever stayed at. Everything we needed was at our fingertips. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Holiday Park
Torquay Holiday Park
2 out of 5
55 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, VIC
The price is £80 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

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! (365 reviews)

"Great location. Warm heater for winter. Kids loved the mini golf & jumping pillow!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Torquay Holiday Park
On The Esplanade Apartments
On The Esplanade Apartments
4 out of 5
119 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC

Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Torquay Beach, Front Beach and Torquay Central Farmers Market. Surf World Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Place was perfect to enjoy all the amenities of Torquay, close to town, beach, walking tracks."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

On The Esplanade Apartments
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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15 Feb 2020

Torquay is a beautiful resort at the start of the Great Ocean Road. If you’re after a relaxing holiday this is a great spot.

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29 May 2019

Not alot of restaurants open at this time of year

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