The first destination of any trip down the Great Ocean Road, Torquay, has an abundance of cafes, shops and beaches to enjoy on a relaxing coastal afternoon. If you fall in love with the coastal life style there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from.
Just over an hour out of Melbourne, the seaside village of Torquay is the jewel of the spectacular Surf Coast and the gateway to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and Australia’s surfing Capital. Torquay is where Rip Curl and Quiksilver originated and home to the world famous Bells Beach. Torquay is the place to go shopping for surf wear, boards and accessories.
The many endless beaches provide for everyone, from gentle family coves to the famous surfing reefs. For the adventure seekers, there’s sky diving, Tiger Moth flights, learn to surf lessons, horse riding, or walking trails to explore.
For those who want to unwind and take in the natural beauty, a stroll along the Torquay foreshore is magic – at any time of the year. It provides beautiful sea views, includes a historical trail and passes many fantastic waterfront cafes and restaurants along the way.
Wathaurong aborigines occupied the area before white settlement. The Torquay area was settled as Spring Creek in 1871 and was renamed Torquay in 1892 after the seaside town in England. With the exception of well-kept lawns, that’s where the resemblance ends. Torquay is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches (both family friendly and surf challenging), clear blue water, plenty of sun and in summer tanned bods. In winter, surfers (in wet suits) flock to the area for the swell. In 1891 a sailing ship (the Scammell) struck the reef near Point Danger in Torquay and broke up in heavy seas. The anchors of the Scammell are on display at the Torquay front beach and the Torquay boat ramp.In the early 1900’s Torquay was a seaside escape for Melbournians and once had 145 bathing boxes on the main beach. In 1946 the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was founded and is the oldest and largest club in Victoria.
The range of Torquay accommodation options is extensive including Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Self contained holiday houses, cabins and caravan parks. There is accommodation for all tastes and budgets.
Beach Cottages, Torquay (03) 52614010
Torquay Caravan Park, Torquay (03) 52612496
Torquay Holiday Park, Torquay (03) 52612493
Wyndham Resort, Torquay (03) 52611500
Peppers Resort, Torquay (03) 52643333