20 minutes south-west of Geelong, Torquay is fastest growing town on the Great Ocean Road, partially due to the new Geelong bypass which dramatically cuts travelling time from Melbourne. More and more people choose to live in this seaside town and commute to their city employment.
Daily V/Line rail services operate from Melbourne to Geelong with coach services to Torquay, call 136 196 or tickets from Torquay Visitor Centre Surf City Plaza.
Torquay was originally named Spring Creek, however the recognition of the town in 1892 as one of Victoria’s first seaside resorts instigated a name change to Torquay after the English seaside resort.
Torquay is recognized as Australia’s surfing capital with the Surfworld Surfing Museum and Information Centre located at Surf City Plaza, Beach Road. The Museum celebrates the story of Australian surfing through colourful and exciting permanent displays and exhibitions of important surfing artifacts and memorabilia. Some of the world’s biggest names in surf gear have their corporate headquarters and retail outlets at Surf City Plaza. Open every day, except Christmas Day from 9am to 5pm.
Torquay’s Norfolk Pine lined front beach is great for the family. Stroll along the foreshore and take in the sea views on offer, enjoy a picnic or barbeque on the wide, grassy, foreshore reserve. Tables and barbecues are provided.
For the foodies Waterfront cafes and restaurants cater for all tastes and budgets as do the restaurants, cafes and hotels in the town centre - you will never go hungry in Torquay.
For the shopper - galleries, potteries, craft shops, surf and retail shops offering the latest clothing and surf accessories and a range of speciality shops where you are guaranteed to secure that elusive special.
Accommodation ranges from camping to 5 star luxury. Remember to book or you will be disappointed especially in peak times.
If you are looking for some adventure the 32km Surf Coast Walk from Jan Juc to Moggs Creek offers panoramic coastal views, dense forest and the chance to see a kangaroo or other native animals.
Take to the high road in a Tiger Moth for the most spectacular and memorabile flight over the Great Ocean Road.
For the extreme adrenalin rush tandem skydiving with Australian Skydive team also based at Tiger Moth World at Torquay Airport.
Plan Your Trip With a Printed Map
Coastal Stays produces Visitor Maps for The Great Ocean Road,
Sydney to Warrnambool Coastal Drive, Lakes Entrance, Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay,
Inverloch, Phillip Island and Apollo Bay.
Click to download a map.
Torquay Weather Guide