Since I’m working in Melbourne during the week, I’m taking advantage of this adventure by heading out of the city on the weekends, exploring Australia’s countryside.
This weekend, I’m driving The Great Ocean Road. My jumping off point was Torquay, about an hour and a half outside of Melbourne. Torquay (pronounced ‘Tor-kay’) is Australia’s surfing capital. As the birthplace of renowned surfing brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver, the culture of surfing is embedded deeply. Torquay is home to world-famous beaches such as Bells Beach and Jan Juc, with its heavier breaks for the experienced surfer, and the Surf World Surfing Museum.
There are lots of wave riding schools and stores to choose from, you can’t go wrong as there are so many experienced sets here. Also in town as are gear outlets by Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Strapper, Gash and Rojo. Carrying everything from gear to clothing, shades to shoes, if you need it for surfing, it’s here at Surf City Plaza.
And if you’re around during Easter break, head to the infamous Rip Curl Pro, one of the most sought after titles on the World Championship Tour, which is held on Bells Beach.
What made me feel at home in Torquay the Surf Coast Walk. Unlike many places in the world, the beaches are not developed, structures basically only exist off of the shoreline. Instead, the Surf Coast Walk meanders along the cliff tops above the perfectly khaki sand beaches below. Anytime I can walk for miles along an unspoiled beach and also snorkel beautiful areas like the Point Danger Marine Sanctuary, I feel at home.
Head to Torquay, if nothing but for the sound of the water and a walk you’ll never forget.
For more information on Torquay: http://www.travelvictoria.com.au/torquay/
Surf World Surfing Museum
Beach Rd, Torquay, Victoria 3228
Phone: 03 5261 4606