What To See and Do in Torquay
Why not treat yourself to an organized activity on the Great Ocean Road
Check out the Tour operators or select from a list of activities below.
- Beaches - Wander along the world-famous Bells Beach or other beaches
- Surf Shops - Browse Torquay’s excellent surf shops for some of the latest clothing and other surf accessories
- Surfworld - Learn more about surfing at Torquay’s Surfworld Museum, Australia’s largest surfing museum
- Potteries, galleries and craft shops
- Tiger Moth - Take to the air in a Tiger Moth for spectacular Great Ocean Road views
- Surf Coast Walk - For spectacular beach views from towering cliff tops
- Swim with Dolphins
- Learn to Surf
- Golf - Overlooking the ocean
Torquay sits between Deep Creek to the north-east and Spring Creek to the south-west. Both run into the sea. The beach-walker heading south-west from Deep Creek will find themselves on a stretch of Zeally Bay which is known locally as Fishermans Beach or Fisho's. It is a noted fishing, as well as a sailing spot. There is a boat ramp and sailing club. There are neat lawned areas with trees for picnics with electric barbecues provided.
At the western end of Fisho's is Yellow Bluff where there are cypress trees and more picnic grounds. On the other side is Front Beach (also called Cosy Corner), which is a family bathing beach with lawns and an esplanade that is flood-lit at night. It is bordered to the south-west by Point Danger from where you will be able to look north-east to Point Impossible and south-west to Bells Beach.
On the western side of the point is the Torquay Surf Beach where there is the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club that patrols the beach in summer. On the other side of the Spring Creek is Rocky Point (also known as Torquay Point).
On the south-western side of Rocky Point is Torquay Golf Club and Jan Juc Surfing Beach. Due to its greater exposure to ocean swells it is a noted surfing area. It also has a surf life-saving club. To its rear is the settlement of Jan Juc. Further to the south-west is Bells Beach.
Bells Beach is set in a picturesque setting with yellow ochre and coloured cliffs that fall into a beautiful sandy beach and deep blue water. Experienced surfers will enjoy swells up to 7 metres. Bells Beach is home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Classic at Easter time. Bells was the setting for the movie Point Break with Patrick Swayze. Also check out the rugged sandstone cliffs at Point Addis Marine National Park that extends 10 kms along the coast towards Anglesea.
Surf World is recognised as the world's largest Surfing – Beach Culture Museum and houses the Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame as part of its comprehensive surfing displays. It displays vintage surfing gear and memorabilia (including a history of surfboards dating back to 1915), the Ocean Art Gallery, a theatre screening classic and contemporary surfing movies, an exhibition of surf photography by Jack Eden, a wave-making tank (demonstrating the energy needed to produce the perfect swell), a paddling machine to test fitness and a machine to test balance on a surf board, board-shaping demos, interactve surf-related DVDs, a Surfing Hall of Fame and an interactive video system which allows visitors to "talk" with famous surfing legends. It is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily, tel: (03) 5261 4606. Entrance fees: Adult $9.00, Concession $6.00, Child $6.00, Family $20.00.
Tiger Moth World is a theme park revolving around the 1930s Tiger Moth biplane. The operational grass aerodrome contains a living museum dedicated to the aircraft. Visitors can watch the Moths in action, take an aerobatics or scenic ride in a Tiger Moth or a joy ride along the coast to the Twelve Apostles in a modern cabin-class aircraft. Skydiving is another possibility or you can simply explore the Adventure Park with its mini golf, flying fox, bicycles, canoes, paddleboats, playpark, volleyball facilities, the Islands of Surprise, the Jolly Roger, the Volcano Maze, a putting green, bocce, croquet, ten-pin bowling, basketball, badminton, giant board games, gift shop and cafe. Entry to the park and use of all facilities (excluding flights) is $9.50 with children under four admitted free. Head north along the Surfcoast Highway towards Geelong then turn right onto Blackgate Rd and it is 3 km to the park. Tel: 03 5261 5100
Follow the scenic marked trail that stretches over 30km, weaving its way along cliff tops, beaches and coastal bushland tracks between Jan Juc and Moggs Creek. With numerous access points allowing walkers to choose their distance, anyone from beginners to the experienced trekker, can enjoy the beautiful trail.
Stage 1 (Jan Juc to Bells Beach) - Distance: 4km (1hour) – Start - This trail begins at the Jan Juc beach car park. The three tiered car park can be reached by proceeding through Torquay towards Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road and turning left into Hoylake Avenue (past the Torquay Golf Club). Turn left at the roundabout into Caravan Avenue and proceed to the western end (top) of the car park. Details - Follow a spectacular cliff top track that overlooks Jan Juc surf beach, a great way to start your trek with beautiful views and fresh salty air. As the track continues through rough coastal hinterland, head towards a white wave marker, the entrance to Bells Beach Reserve.
Stage 2 (Bells Beach to Point Addis) - Distance: 5km (1 3/4hours) – Start - The Bells Beach carpark, which can be reached from the Great Ocean Road by proceeding down either Jarosite or Bones Road. Follow the access track from the car park to the beach. Details - This section of the trail passes through the old Jarosite Well, a historical landmark of the area. As the track climbs south, stunning views can be had across Point Addis, down into the Ironbark Basin and across to the Jarosite Headland.
Stage 3 (Point Addis to Anglesea) - Distance: 7km (2 hours) – Start - Point Addis can be reached by turning off the Great Ocean Road, into Point Addis Road. Follow the road past the Ironbark Basin car park. Details- The track now leaves the beach and heads inland, through a small section of cleared land and up into thick bushland. Beautiful views along either direction of the coast can be seen from the cliff tops, however some steep tracks can be quite a challenge.
Stage 4 (Anglesea to Aireys Inlet) - Distance: 10km (3 hours) – Start - The walking track can be picked up here by entering the parking area immediately after you cross the Anglesea River along the Great Ocean Road coming from Geelong. Details - The beginning of this track follow the river, crossing waterways and swampy areas on boardwalks and bridges. It is well worth exploring this interesting area before continuing along the marked trail. Further along, the track wanders through bushland and above a golf course, where kangaroos are often seen grazing on the fairways. A steep descent into Hutt Gully and ascent up the other side could be quite a challenge for elderly walkers.
Stage 5A (Aireys Inlet (Boundary Road) to Distillery Creek Picnic Area) - Distance: 2km (30 mins) – Start - Boundary Road crosses the Great Ocean Road on the northern limits of Aireys Inlet. – Details - Follow Boundary Road west up over the hill and steeply down to the sealed road. Turn right, to the end of sealed road and follow the signs to the Distillery Creek Picnic Area. From here, walks can be done through the Angahook Lorne State Forest Park. This is definitely a highlight of the area, with a diverse range of flora and fauna and over 100km of walking tracks.
Stage 5B Alternate Route (Aireys Inlet (Boundary Road) to Moggs Creek Picnic Area) - Distance: 9km (3 hours) – Start - Boundary Road crosses the Great Ocean Road on the northern limits of Aireys Inlet. Details - Follow Boundary Road east (left) towards the coast. Cross the Great Ocean Road and continue to the cliff tops. Turn south and pick up the Cliff Walk, a track that makes its way towards the lighthouse. Around the lighthouse and past the historical early settlers gravestone, you will reach a car park. From here a marked trail can be picked up from the ocean side that winds down the mount of the Painkalac Creek, where a picnic area and toilets are located. The creek mouth is usually blocked by sandbar, however, if the creek is running (and not too violently) cross at the most negotiable point then follow the beach westwards towards Fairhaven.