Torquay Activities

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO….TORQUAY

 

“The birthplace of the global surf industry”

 

Torquay is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and the birthplace of the global surf industry home to the international

Rip Curl Pro and Quilksilver

 

WALKS

 

Deep Creek Reserve


Deep Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve, a strip of land extending along the watercourse, is the last remanent of Torquay’s

indigenous vegetation. Take a stroll along the designated tracks. The walk runs between the Surf Coast Highway and The

Esplanade.

 

Foreshore Trail


A stroll along the Torquay foreshore is very pleasant. Commencing from Deep Creek Reserve on the Esplanade, visit the Sundial

which was designed by local artists. Continue along the foreshore and take in the beautiful views of Fisherman’s Beach.

Pass the local artist impression of the Inverlochy Figurehead and the large anchor of the Joseph H Scammell vessel wrecked

off Point Danger. Keep following the foreshore path to Point Danger for spectacular views and to visit the war memorial.

From here, follow the trail along the Torquay Back Beach admiring the wood carvings along way.

After the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, cross the footbridge over Spring Creek and continue the walking trail to Jan Juc

where the Surf Coast Walk commences.

 

Surf Coast Walk
This walk is a marked trail that commences in Jan Juc passes therough the famous Bells Beach, the iron Bark Basin,

Point Addis, Anglesea. Aireys Inlet Split Point Lighthouse, Fairhaven and finishes at Moggs Creek.

While the total distance is around 30km, the walk consists of several sections to suit your energy level.

 

PICNIC & BBQ AREAS

 

The Front Beach (The Esplanade)
Picnic tables, shelters, toilets, BBQ and playground.

 

Torquay Common ( Nera Spring Creek Board Walk)
Picnic tables, shelters, toilets, BBQ and playground.

 

Apex Park (Near Jan Juc Creek)
Picnic tables and BBQ

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Jan Juc Shopping Centre
Picnic tables and toilets.

 

Bellbrae Reserve
Picnic tables, shelters, BBQ and playground.

 

SHOPPING

 

Surf City Plaza is home to the iconic surfing brands such as Quilksilver and RipCurl both of which originated in Torquay.

There are a variety of retail and factory outlets. Torquay Central offers a variety of main stream shops for clothing, books,

home wares etc. Gilbert Street and Bell Street shopping centres also offer a range of fantastic shops to explore.

 

EATING OUT

 

Torquay has a variety of eateries, from quick, convenient take away shops to fine dining restaurants.

 

WINERIES AND LOCAL PRODUCE

 

There are many fantastic local wine and food producers in the region. Pick up a copy of the Surf Coast Wine and Produce Trail

and go on a mouth watering tour of the Surf Coast.


BEACHES

 

Torquay is famous for its Surf Beaches. Surf breaks such as Winki Pop and Bells have challenging surf for more experienced

surfers while Torquay and Jan Juc offer good conditions for those wanting to learn to surf. Surf conditions can vary greatly,

check with the Visitor Information Centre or local Surf Life saving Club. Safe swimming beaches for families include ‘Cosy Corner’

located between Torquay’s Front Beach and the rocks at Point Danger and Fisherman’s Beach located between

White’s Beach and Zeally Bay.


TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

 

Australian Skydive
See the Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach from the air. Enjoy the sensation of freefall for 45 seconds. Your parachute then opens and you are gently floating down to earth under a canopy. Torquay Airport, 325 Blackgate Road Torquay,
Phone: 1800 557 101

 

Auswalk Walking Tours
Inn to Inn guided tours running from Torquay to Lorne. Maps and self guided material supplied and luggage is moved for you while you’re out walking. Tours depart daily. For bookings phone: 5356 4971

 

Big Stick Adventures
Big Stick Adventures specialises in unique team building and incentive experiences for corporate markets.

For bookings phone: 5261 9181

 

 

Sundial Of Human Involvement
The Sundial is situated on the foreshore land at Fisherman’s Beach at the corner of Darian Road and The Esplanade.

This unique sundial was assembled in a traditional time honoured methods of mosaic using more than 120,000 Tesserae tiles.

The sundial represents the traditional dreaming stories of the Wathaurong aboriginal people.

 

Tiger Moth World Adventure Park
Open cockpit Tiger moth flights. Mild to extreme aerobatics for the thrill-seekers. Or, take a tour to the 12 Apostles.

Wind your way along the beach and cliff tops of the Great Ocean Road. 325 Blackgate Road Torquay. Oh: 5261 5100

 

SURFING ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

 

Go Ride a Wave
Offers classes in surfing, body boarding, sea and surf kayaking, surf lifesaving, rock climbing and abseiling as well as a wide

range of initiative based adventure courses. Equipment hire available. Phone: 1300 132 441

 

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Surf Tours and lessons down the Great Ocean Roadf rom Melbourne and Torquay, specialising in small,

friendly groups for full 1, 2 & 3 day surf tours. All inclusive are transport, lunch, lessons and coaching, board,

wetsuit and surfing ‘show bag’ Ph: 1800 SURF LESSONS/ 1800 7873 537

 

Southern Exposure Eco Adventures
Offers a range of adventure sports. From learn to surf programs to mountain biking, sea kayaking, dragon boats,

fitness courses and much more. Caters for large groups and individuals. Phone: 5261 9170

 

Surf World Museum
Surf World is recognised as the largest surfing museum in the world, an attraction not to be missed.

Surf World is packed with surf memorabilia, photographs, biographies of surfing pioneers and an Ocean Art Gallery.

Located at the Torquay Visitor Information Centre. Phone: 5261 4606 or visit www.surfworld.com.au

 

Torquay Surfing Academy
Comprehensive surfing lessons and surf retail store selling surfboards, body boards, skim boards, skateboards and wetsuits.

Shop 34A Bell Street, Torquay. Phone:5261 2022

 

Westcoast Surf School
Surfing lessons for al ages and abilities. Qualified instructors, wetsuits and soft beginner surfboards. Equipment hire,

ocean kayak instruction and hire, snorkelling and rock climbing. Phone: 5261 2241

 

CYCLING


Cycling is a great way to explore the coastal and hinterland scenery of the Surf Coast.

From a short 3km leisurely ride to a more physically challenging 60km ride, there is something to suit all levels.

There are more than 30 recommended trails to choose from in the ‘Cycling the Surf Coast’ guide

 

MARKETS, CRAFT SHOPS AND GALLERIES

 

Alexander Pottery
105 Gundrys Road, Bellbrae. Phone: 5261 4828
Call for opening times.

 

Cowrie Community Market
Held at Elephant Walk, The Esplanade, Torquay every third Sunday of the month. Handmade, crafts, bands, busking & food
Held from Sept- April

 

Torquay Central Farmers Market
Held at Torquay Central on Bristol Road the market provides local produce including fruit and vegetables, conserves,

home made produce, wine, plants & much more.
Every Saturday 8:30am to 1pm.

 

Bellbrae Pottery
55 Moores Road Bellbrae, Ph: 5261 4466
Normal opening hours: Tues- Sun10am to 5pm.

 

Tiny Trinkets
Shop 3, 118 Surf Coast Hwy, Torquay. Phone: 5264 7690
Open 7 days. 9:30am to 5:30pm.

 

GOLF COURSES

 

Torquay RACV Golf Club
The Great Ocean Road commences with the Torquay Golf Club as its No. 1 with panoramic views and a challenging 18 hole

golf course. The course is immaculately groomed with extensive fairways and fast greens. 1 Great Ocean Road Torquay.

Phone: 5261 2005

 

The Sands Torquay
This unique links course winds its way through the natural environment of the coastal location.

The course provides a challenging and unique experience for the golfer. 2 Sands Boulevard, Torquay. Phone: 5264 8801

 

FISHING

 

There are plenty of spots along the Surf Coast. Popular spots around Torquay include Fishermans Beach, Zeally Bay,

Spring Creek and the Jan Juc beach.


ACTIVITIES AND SPORT

 

Lawn Bowls
Torquay Bowls Club, The Esplanade Phone:5261 2378

 

Tennis Courts
Torquay Tennis Courts, Spring Creek Reserve
Deep Creek reserve, access via Aquilla Avenue.


Jan Juc Tennis Courts

Sunset Strip. Court hire from Jan Juc Milk Bar

 

Kite Surfing and Wind Surfing
Point Danger is a favourite spot. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for local conditions.

 

Sailing
Torquay Sailing Club, Fishermans Beach

 

Skate Park
Located adjacent to the Surf City outlets on Beach Road. Includes ¼ pipe, fun box, grind rails and wedge ramps, 6 & 8 foot bowls.

 

Further information on any of the above activities can be obtained from the visitor informtaion centres or
go to http://www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/Tourism/Discover_Surf_Coast