As the official start of the iconic coastal touring route of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is a popular holiday destination. However it’s not just this famous scenic drive that attracts so many people to Torquay each year. This holiday hotspot is steeped in surf culture and is particularly busy during the summer months. Home to the famous Bells Beach, the action in Torquay also hots up every Easter when Bells Beach plays host to one of the most sought after titles in World Championship surfing, the Rip Curl Pro.
Whether you’re into surfing or just love the lifestyle and culture that goes with beachside holiday destinations, Torquay offers something for everyone. There are plenty of protected beaches offering fun for the whole family while nearby Jan Juc offers slightly wilder waves. Of course if you’ve come for the surf, as so many often do, you can’t help but want to prove yourself on the big waves at Bells Beach.
If surf culture is your thing or maybe you just love shopping, you’ll be pleased with the excellent shopping in Torquay. As the birthplace of some of Australia’s most iconic surf brands, Surf City Plaza offers a huge shopping precinct devoted to surfwear and accessories from big names such as Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Rojo, Gash and Strapper as well as surf seconds outlets in Baines Court offering some excellent bargains.
If you still haven’t had enough surf culture, the Surf World Surfing Museum offers a great range of hands-on displays and images that capture the spirit of Torquay’s surf culture perfectly. The Surf Coast Walk is a more leisurely way to enjoy beautiful views of the coast strolling along beaches in the shade of the towering cliffs. However if you’re up for something a little different, there’s some fantastic snorkelling opportunities around the Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. Don’t let the name fool you, this is a wonderful spot to discover the diversity of the underwater inhabitants.