Weekender’s guide to Torquay: Where to eat, drink, stay and play
The 40 best things to eat, see, drink and do in Torquay, on Victoria’s Surf Coast.
When it comes to laidback beachside destinations, Torquay, on Victoria’s southwest coast, should be on every travel bucket list. With its surf beaches, creative community and flourishing culinary scene, this relaxed seaside town 90 minutes from Melbourne might as well be worlds away.
Sandwiched between Breamlea, Bellbrae and Bells Beach, and bookended by rambling coastal reserves, it effortlessly straddles the line between quaint coastal retreat and vibrant seaside city. But don’t be fooled by the heaving surf apparel stores and factory outlets that fringe the highway into town. Off the main drag, the real Torquay is a very different scene.
Here, casual beachside eateries and specialty coffee shops line the foreshore, while upscale restaurants, brewhouses and bars add a touch of cosmopolitan sophistication. Now, with a culinary scene that rivals more established gastronomic hot pots like Daylesford, Kyneton and the Mornington Peninsula, the tide is turning for Torquay as it starts to make a name for itself as a world-class drinking and dining destination.
So get your car ready for a road trip. Here’s our guide to everything to eat, see, sip and do in this eatworthy Otway hinterland hamlet.