Bell's Beach, famous for its world-renowned Easter Surfing Classic, is located near Torquay on the southern coast of Victoria, 71 km south-west of Melbourne.
Bell's Beach is essentially rather small bay situated between two equally unremarkable headlands. It is the swells from the Southern Ocean, which slow down and steepen over the reef-strewn shallows, that foment the outstanding surf. The consistency for which the beach is also famed arises, in part, from the fact that the bottom is not especially sandy and hence is not prone to shifting sand bars which would create great variability. Combined with spring tides and a strong nor'westerly the waves can rise to five metres, although three to four is the average.
To the north-east of Bell's are sheer cliffs, below which are beaches known to local surfers as 'Winkipop', 'Boobs' and 'Steps'. To the south-west is an 'optional dress beach'.
Of course, aside from surfing, this area is world famous for its rugged and breathtaking scenery. People from all over the world come here to see the Twelve Apostles and whats left of the London Bridge plus the creatures that dwell around here aside from sunworshippers-the penguins and dolphins. Couldn't get closer to nature than this.
Go west from Torquay along the Great Ocean Road. Where you can experience some great scenes like, London Bridge, The Arch and the Twelve Apostles (or eleven since one of them collapsed a few years ago, actually if you look picture from the apostles, the closest one is the one that collapsed).
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Here, I choose to do nothing. You know, walk the dogs, play a bit of ball, go to a cafe, swim a little. Many come here for the surf and this is what Torquay is famous for. After all this is the Surf Coast. Hmm, maybe I should take up surfing. Oops, I dozed off again.
Bells Beach is one of Australia's surfing icons and must see's. Famous for a world renowned surfing classic that sees the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and more come to carve it up each easter ever since 1962.
Named after the family that took up the first pastoral run hereabouts in the 1840s, Bells was originally claimed as a potential surfsite by Vic Tantau, Peter Troy and Owen Yateman who went on to organise the first annual surfing event.
The beach is a small bay situated between two headlands. It is the swells from the Southern Ocean, which slow down and steepen over the reef-strewn shallows that create the outstanding surf. The beach is quite consistent mostly due to the fact the beach is not very sandy on the bottom and there are sand bars that move creating variety. Waves here can rise to five metres.
Bells Beach's annual surf event is one of the most famous of all on the worlds surfing calender. So if you are coming by this way, you really cant go by without stopping to put your toes in the ocean and feel the sand that the surfies compete on beneath your feet. If your a surfer - take your board, but be careful as the beach is only patrolled during parts of the summertime.
Bells Beach is a beautiful stretch of coastline near Torquay that is very popular among the surf community. The main break is known as the Bells Bowl or Bowl section. It is a point break and works through all tides depending on the size of the swell. It is also the home of the world's longest running surfing competition - the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival. This is a great stop if you want to surf, but also a great stop if you want to just hang out on the beach!
Torquay has one of the few surfing museums in the world, if you are into surfing this is a must go...
Besides surfing and checking out the beaches at Torquay and Bells Beach, you could also visit some of the many Surf shop outlets, like Ripcurl (pictured)