ABOUT TORQUAY, VICTORIA
Torquay, Victoria is a small township located south of Melbourne and Geelong, hugging the southern coast of Australia. A close-knit community, Torquay is known as Australia’s surfing capital and the official starting point of the Great Ocean Road, a 243-kilometer road that runs along Australia’s south coast and connects a multitude of national parks, landmarks and cities including the Great Otway National Park, The 12 Apostles, and Apollo Bay. The Great Ocean Road itself is a memorial in honour of soldiers who died in World War I. Torquay is an excellent place to start or end a journey across Australia’s southern coastline.
SAND & SURF
Torquay is renowned for its magnificent surfing beaches, first featured in the movie Point Break. It has since become the favorite site for various international surfing tournaments. Multiple beaches are within reach:
- Bells Beach: perfect for surfing and other aquatic sports
- Whites Beach: ideal for pets and family
- Point Impossible: a clothing-optional haven for adults
In honor of its surfing heritage, Torquay boasts the Surfworld Museum, which details Australia’s surfing heritage and culture and is the largest surfing museum in the world.
Sports & Adventure
If you’re in the mood for less aquatic activities, there are many places in and around Torquay to explore. Beachside golf resorts in the area include:
For those seeking some thrill, check out these adventure options:
- Tiger Moth World – Take a small plane adventure flight over the sweeping Great Ocean Road
- Australian Skydive – Jump from the sky (literally) for a mind-blowing view and experience
Many artists along the Surf Coast are inspired by the sport that has made their home famous. For a more artistic experience, there are various cultural options, museums and art galleries among them. Don’t miss:
- Surfworld Museum: Everything surf, past and present
- Tigerfish Torquay: The perfect combo of surf art and gear
- Surf Coast Images: Coastal photography from across Australia
Torquay and its surrounds don’t skimp when it comes to relaxation. Visit any of the following spots to soak up some zen:
Each spa offers authentic Australian herbal and restorative practices to soothe any aching body or tired soul.
Finally, savour a bottle of fine wine while listening to live music at the Minya Vineyard & Winery, located just north of Torquay. If you know what you’re looking for, you are bound to find it while staying in Torquay. 5 Highlander will open the doors to all that Torquay, Victoria accommodation has to offer.