If you are ever in Melbourne, Australia and need an escape from the big city and St. Kilda beach is just not hitting the spot. Head down the Great Ocean Road. You'll be met by beach after unspoiled beach, many so secluded you'll be the only one walking along the shell lined shores for miles. There are many great natural wonders and cute sea side towns to stop and visit along The Great Ocean road and with all types of accommodation that can cater to any budget. Torquay is the first city along the way and only about an hour drive outside of Melbourne.
Torquay is home to the Rip Curl pro surf competition which is held every year during the first week of April. The competition takes place on Bells Beach which is just a bit outside of Torquay. During this time the city comes alive and there is a nice buzz around the town so look into accommodation early to get a good spot. If you like camping there is a lovely campground called Forshore Campground and RV park which is dead centre of the city and a 5 minute walk to all the cafes and the only two night spots around. Especially during special events and long weekends the line ups can get a bit ridiculous so if you've come to party make sure to head out early. The Torquay Hotel is by far the most popular hot spot with live bands, great food and a happening crowd but like I said you have to get there early or prepare for a big line up and up to a $20 cover depending on whats going on. As for food if your staying right in town or at the campground you'll be walking distance to an array of cafe's and restaurants but for groceries you'll have to drive about 10 minutes.
Must Do's Torquay
- Check out the more experienced surfers ripping it up on Bells Beach
- Try your own hand at the waves on the quieter Torquay Beach
- Visit the Surfworld Museum
- Bag a bargain at the many different surf outlets