Beginner - pro, there's a break for everyone.

From friendly forgiving beginner waves to learn on, to some of the world surfing pros’ favourite surf spots – the Great Ocean Road coast is filled with opportunity.

The Great Ocean Road region has some of the world surfing professionals’ favourite surf spots. Most famous of all is internationally renowned Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro event – a hallmark event for Victoria.

The coastline from Torquay to the 12 Apostles has surf spots dotted along it. You get a clue when the surf is pumping when certain car parks along the Great Ocean Road are full of local tradesmen’s vans and utes – having downed tools for the day to capitalise on the good conditions.

If you’re an inexperienced or beginner surfer, the best way to learn is to take a surf lesson. These are usually held by qualified professionals on easier breaks (usually east of Apollo Bay or west of Warrnambool).

Between Cape Otway and Warrnambool is not the place for the newbie surfer, with bigger swells and tougher conditions.

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Explore the charming coastal town of Port Fairy its historic architecture, stunning beaches, and vibrant arts scene make this Victorian fishing village one of the most picturesque spots in Australia.

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It’s not too late to book a summer getaway. Here’s 5 things to do in Apollo Bay & the Otways. 

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This is Lake Elizabeth a 15 minute drive from Forrest. The enormous, ghostly tree trunks emerging from the still water gives the lake a prehistoric feel – it’s like the land before time.

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 by @bestaustralianbeaches Apollo Bay beach is a 3km long eastern facing beach, that provides safe, patrolled (during peak periods) waters for walking, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, sand castle building and beach cricket. 🏖 

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Ever been to Cape Bridgewater? 

Only 20 minutes from Portland, Cape Bridgewater is picturesque, secluded and a must see on your next adventure. 

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