Five of the best undiscovered Surf Coast beaches

Travelling Well | Words: Jenna Meade | Photos: Tianna Nadalin | Posted on 01 June 2020

Avoid crowded coastal spots. These are five of the Surf Coast’s best secret beaches.

Iconic surf break Bells Beach and Torquay gem Cosy Corner are always sure to draw a crowd. But, with COVID-19 restrictions easing, now is the ideal time to discover some of the sandy sites less travelled along the Great Ocean Road. From calm waters perfect for little legs to some of the state’s coolest secret surfing spots, here are five of the best undiscovered beaches along the Victorian Surf Coast.

Five of the Surf Coast’s best undiscovered beaches 


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Right around the corner from Torquay lies this cliff-lined cove ideal for surfers and strong swimmers. While it’s still popular in summer, it’s a good – and close – option to escape the Torquay crowds. Take extra care in the water as the more exposed beach is prone to high waves and persistent rips.

If you’re staying on dry land, set off for a stroll along the cliffs on the Surf Coast Walk. You’ll weave through the Bird Rock lookouts – the perfect vantage point for watching the surfers dominate the waves below.

Point Addis

Your next stop after the iconic Bells Beach is Point Addis.  The captivating rugged haven has all corners of Mother Nature’s goodness covered, with sandy beaches, limestone and sandstone cliffs and dramatic rocky platforms. And it’s still a relatively hidden gem.

The lookout serves up stunning panoramas, before leading to a lush walk through a section of national park down to the beach. Plan to be there at low tide so you can take the walk along the rock pool ledges to Southside Beach. 

Point Roadknight

Got the kids in tow? This idyllic Anglesea nook is perfect for little legs to splash around in the shallows. Seasonally patrolled, the protected waters have waves that average less than a metre, so there’s little chance of rips. 

Pack the paddleboard, explore the rockpools at the point or take a hike up the bluff and admire the dramatic beauty of the red-cliff backdrop. Swing by Point Roadknight Kiosk afterwards for a coffee or post-swim sausage roll, or sit on the balcony at The Rusty Anchor and have a sunset sip overlooking the beach.

Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
The Rusty Anchor Bar


Step Beach

Chances are you’ve already visited the infamous Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet. Next time, venture a little further and you’ll be treated to one of the coast’s best coves. 

Step down to the tucked-away Step Beach and pick a spot on the sand, marvel at the turquoise rock pools or take a dip to cool off. The horseshoe-shaped reef forms an excellent swimming hole at low tide.

Just up the road, the Lighthouse Tea Rooms are an ideal next stop for scones, jam and cream.

Fairhaven

Pack the beach umbrella because here’s your chance to spread out. This six-kilometre stretch is the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road.

The moderate swell is suited to more experienced swimmers, with strong rips common due to the shifting sand bottom. Stick to the patrolled area in front of the surf club for the safest dip. A magnet for surfers, Fairhaven has numerous beach breaks and works best with northerly winds.

Once you’ve had your fun in the sun, duck into the recently renovated Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club for a bite and an unbeatable view of the ocean.
 

Treat yourself to a coastal Getaway at the RACV Torquay Resort