The beachfront town of Torquay has been a popular holiday destination for Victorians since the early 1900s. Located at the northern end of the Surf Coast section of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is one of Australia’s best-known surfing destinations.
Torquay boasts family-friendly beaches as well as surf suited to the experienced board riders, the most famous breaks being Bells Beach and Jan Juc. Torquay is the birthplace of iconic surf brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver.
Torquay is a year-round destination with more than just amazing beaches. There are great scenic walks with amazing views, shops and eateries. This area is also renowned for its boutique wineries, restaurants, colourful cafes, galleries, fishing and scenic tours along the coast.
Scenic walking tracks extend through much of the town’s foreshore including The Surf Coast Walk, an established track stretching from Jan Juc to Moggs Creek with fantastic coastal views, thick forests, native birds and kangaroos. Breathtaking views can also be admired from Yellow Buff and at Point Danger where an Anzac Memorial is perched high above the ocean on the headland.
The main commercial centre of Torquay extends along Pearl Street and Gilbert Street which connects to the coastal boulevard of The Esplanade dotted with cafes and restaurants.