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Visit Torquay and Bells Beach

Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia and home to the longest running surf competition in the world – the Rip Curl Pro.

Bells Beach and Jan Juc are renowned for big swell, or you can splash about with the family at the more protected Torquay front beach. Fishermans Beach is also a favourite for boating, sailing and windsurfing.

Whether you’re hitting water or relaxing at any number of the charming cafes that are dotted throughout the iconic coastal town, there’s plenty to see and do before and after the peloton rolls through town. 

Watch the races

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A haven for locals and much-loved escape for Melbournians and visitors from around the world, Torquay will witness professionals and amateurs alike roll through this iconic Australian town. 

In the UCI World Tour men’s and women’s road races, the Surf Coast Sprint along the Esplanade will be electric. Take up a spot anywhere along the Esplanade or head to the official Surf Coast Sprint cheer site. 

The course takes in the Torquay foreshore, the rolling roads to the west of the township and the very start of the Great Ocean Road. The circuit course allows fans to see the peloton many times, leading up to an action-packed

finish along the Esplanade. In the UCI WorldTour men’s and women’s classics, the Surf Coast Sprint along the Esplanade will be electric. Take up a spot anywhere along the Esplanade or head to the official Surf Coast Sprint cheer site.

Places to ride

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A fun way to see Torquay and surrounds is on the Amsterdam-inspired pedal assist bikes by Xaolfi (Zal-fi). It’s the perfect option if you need a little assist with your pedalling.

 

Don’t miss the chance to ride the iconic Great Ocean Road from here or head into the hinterlands if you love climbing and stunning vistas.

The 44 kilometre multi-use Surf Coast Walk trail is popular with recreational riders and, if you like mountain biking, check out the adventures in nearby Anglesea.

Things to do

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Learn to surf or capture the spirit of the surf culture at the world’s largest surfing museum – Australian National Surfing Museum. Don’t be afraid of the name – snorkelling at Point Danger Marine Sanctuary is a great way to see the

diversity of underwater inhabitants in the region. Split Point Lighthouse – where Round the Twist was filmed – has clifftop walks with sweeping ocean views. And, Erskine Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Otway region.

If rest and relaxation is what you’re after, Saltair Day Spa recently received an ‘Icons of Industry award from Australia’s Spa+Clinic and is entered into Tripadvisor’s Hall of Fame.

Where to stay

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Some of our top picks:

RACV Torquay Resort – High end accommodation with uninterrupted views of the Torquay Golf Course and back beach.

Serenity of Torquay – Luxury four-bedroom holiday homes, perfect for travelling with friends or family.

Bombora Bed & Breakfast – Private studio apartment, close to the beach and town centre.

Peppers The Sands Resort –A contemporary, premium golf resort destination with views of the surrounding greens and coast.

For simple transport tips, check out our Getting There page.

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