Surfwear, surfing, and surfmuseum
main beaches are crowded in summer
this aint Torquay, England mate
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 &...more
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).There are 3 pictures on this tip. Enjoy!more
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.more
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.more
Another laid back brunch cafe on the esplanade. Menu is very limited but very reasonable. from $6.00. $9.00 mains. Small portions but with these prices, just double your order and you you still have money for coffee. And the coffee is great here.
Favorite Dish: Big Breakfast.
Uncomplicated bar by the sea. Happy hour with hot finger food. Cold beer on tap plus a play area for the ankle biters to run amok. You will meet the locals here. Owned by Nikki Buckley of 'Sale of the Century' fame.
Fridays-Sundays Brerakfast/Lunch 9am to 3 pm
Dinner 6-10 pm
Dress Code: strictly casual.
To get out of Melbourne, take West Gate Bridge, follow M1, then follow signs to Geelong(Princes Freeway). This takes about an hour (70 kms south west of Melbourne). Once you reach Geelong, follow signs to Torquay (turn left at Torquay Rd) which is another 22 kilometres from Geelong. BY Public trasport is a bit more tricky. I only know the train...more
Bus is the only form of public transport available, unless you want to pay $30 for a taxi from Geelong. The bus leaves from the Geelong train station, makes several stops in Geelong before heading on to Torquay. It continues on to other popular coastal towns on the Great Ocean Road (Lorne etc).more
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With names like Quiksilver, Rip Curl and more being famous from this home ground turf and a nearby wave to catch at Bells, Torquay is famous for surfwear. If you want to get into some of the hottest brands of surfwear clothing, grab a board and get ready for a wave this is the place to do it. The shopping plaza here fits right in with the beach...more
Cape otway is just past apollo bay and is about 3 hrs from Melbourne. It has a lighthouse and plenty of camp sites/bush walks. The areas forest are pretty lush and ate sort of like temperate rainforests............ Blanket bay is a good campsite where you can fish, snorkel, kayak etc. It is especially good for kids, as it is really the only calm/protected beach on this rugged coastline (just dont stand on any stingrays!) The waters here are famous for crayfish namely crayfish bay (its name has caused its demise i think) so get a fishing license and try your luck. You can dive for them on calm days (pretty rare) or rough days if you are crazy
Beginners can learn to surf on the main beach with local surf schools and experts can ride with the pros down on Bells Beach in Easter.Windsurfing is popular on Fisherman's Beach. During summer, surf equipment can be hired on the main beaches. In the colder months you have to look a little harder & head to the surf shops which are open year round....more
Favorite thing: Since there was not a wave to be seen at Bells Beach, I turned my attention to the carpark, where this beautiful mural on the toilet block caught my eye.... The 2nd photo is a close up so you can appreciate some of the detail.
Only 60 miles (93 km) from Victoria's capital of Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road winds alongside the Southern Ocean from Torquay to Portland. Created by soldiers returning from the First World War, the route is more than 180 miles (290 km) and includes a variety of sites such as world-renowned beaches, national parks, and shipwrecks. The most famous spectacle along B100 is the Twelve Apostles, a natural formation of limestone stacks which seem to magically rise from the Southern Ocean. There are two walkways alongside the Twelve Apostles so park your car and get a great photo.