TORQUAY WILL REMAIN EVER-POPULAR AS ONE OF VICTORIA‘S ’BEACHIEST’ PLACES

Whites Beach is a short walk through the dunes across the road from the Torquay Beach House.

Whites Beach is peaceful and quiet, and sometimes the only sounds are of the waves crashing against the shore. It’s ideal for walking (and even jogging when the tide is out), writing your name in the sand, or collecting shells and driftwood.

Whites Beach is accessible from numerous points along the Surf Coast Walk, a gravel path that runs along The Esplanade, all the way to town and Torquay’s main beaches. The path then keeps going towards Jan Juc and beyond, and heads further along the Great Ocean Road. It also continues in the other direction from Whites Beach, skirting along the cliff tops, winding through the bush and low trees.

GATEWAY TO THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Torquay is one of Victoria’s favourite seaside towns, less than 20 minutes from Geelong and 100 km’s from Melbourne. The township is famous for its surfing culture and being the gateway to the legendary Great Ocean Road.

Torquay is close to Jan Juc surf beach, and not far from the world famous Bells Beach, home of the Rip Curl Pro World Surfing Titles, held each Easter.  There’s an impressive cliff-face, and the views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular and a great spot to watch the locals surfing. The beach is an exposed reef and point break with excellent right hand breaks, at their best during autumn and winter.

GOLF

The Peppers Golf Course in the Sands is an 18 hole championship course designed by Australian Open winner Stuart Appleby.  We are situated at the 10th hole with prime views and rear access to the Peppers resort.

Set within the backdrop of the Torquay and Jan Juc beaches is the RACV Torquay Golf Club.  The 18-hole traditional links-style golf course features wide-open couch fairways, undulating greens, fescue roughs, wetlands and ocean views.

POINT DANGER MARINE SANCTUARY

The area between Torquay’s back and front beaches is a small limestone reef, exposed at the lowest of summer tides just offshore and is ideal for snorkelling and exploring the diverse marine life at low tide. The reef is home to a number of weird and wonderful creatures, most noteworthy is the 96 species of seaslugs. Also present are carnivorous worms, delicate brittle stars and majestic eagle rays.

WALKING AND BIKE TRAILS

Explore the spectacular coastline and hinterland.  Walk through coastal bushland, along beaches and cliff-tops, leafy green eucalypt forests and abundant wildlife.

The 44-kilometre Surf Coast Walk starts at the Point Impossible carpark, north of Torquay and takes you through windswept dunes to the Torquay promenade.  The Walk can be split into 12 distinctive tracks on foot or bike beyond the edge of Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road.  In its entirety the Walk connects you with the coastal towns of Torquay, Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

SURF MUSEUM

The Australian National Surfing Museum in Australia’s sufing capital offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. It’s a place where you can experience surfing’s sense of fun and marvel at the changes that have taken place over the years.

LOCAL WINERIES

Just outside of Torquay, Bellbrae Estate is situated right in the heart of Victoria’s Surf Coast. Their handcrafted wines are named after the region’s local surf breaks, and their elegant, contemporary wines are made from estate and select Geelong region fruit.​

Others in the region include Mt Duneed Estate, Saint Regis Winery and the The Minya Winery, just to name a few.

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Take the ferry from Queenscliff to the Mornington Peninsula. Visit a few art galleries and sample some of the fares from the local wineries or the region’s produce markets.

Visit the Torquay Information Centre for more information on the region.

Surf City Plaza, 77 Beach Road Torquay 3228

Phone (03) 5261 4219

Open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week

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