Surf Coast Walk

Surf Coast Walk

Offering natural beauty and easy access, the 44km Surf Coast Walking track on the Great Ocean Road lets you relax and enjoy a world-class walking destination at your own pace. Explore inspiring landscapes on foot or bike on the edge of Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road.

Where is the Surf Coast in Victoria?

Whether you’re keen on hiking the Great Ocean Road or just going on a leisurely coastal walk, the Surf Coast Walk is the trail for you. Starting from Torquay and finishing at Aireys Inlet, this trail is actually split into 12 distinct legs within the Surf Coast Shire so you can pick and choose how you break up the journey.

For those looking for a challenge, the Surf Coast Walk trail also hosts several popular trail running events including the Surf Coast Century, or for problem solvers, there are also self-guided scavenger trails in Anglesea, Torquay, and Lorne.

Surf Coast Trails

The Surf Coast Trail is designed for flexibility, allowing you to take it in over an hour, a day, or even a week. The walk is conveniently segmented into 12 parts, each spanning about 2-3 km, making it manageable and enjoyable for everyone. Let’s dig into the various trails and some of our favourite spots to stop so you can plan your perfect walk.

  1. Wadawurrung Country: Wander through the traditional land of the Wadawurrung people, enjoying the sand dunes and natural greenery. It’s a peaceful way to learn about local culture and nature.
  2. Torquay Promenade: This flat, easy path in Torquay is great for a family walk or a relaxed stroll. You’ll love the views of the sea. Stop for lunch at Bob Sugar during your walk, this Asian-fusion restaurant is right across from the beach so you won’t even have to go out of your way.
  3. Surf Coasting: See the Surf Coast’s famous surf spots from this high trail. It’s a great way to feel the area’s surfing vibe but nothing beats hitting the waves yourself with Go Ride A Wave or really taking in the history of surfing at the Australian National Surfing Museum.
  4. The Bells Track: Walk or cycle along the “golden mile” of surfing with stunning lookouts and be sure to keep an eye out for peregrine falcons along the trail’s higher points.
  5. The Ironbark Basin: This is the longest leg at 8.2km but with a path that takes you through the quiet woods of the Great Otway National Park, it can be a calm and green escape for a couple of hours.
  6. Anglesea Heath: This trail takes you on a colourful and pretty walk filled with native flora and fauna.
  7. Anglesea Riverbanks: Enjoy a gentle walk by the river with the family, close to play areas and cafes like 4 Kings Coffee to get a bite to eat or your caffeine fix while the kids play.
  8. Point Roadknight: Start in Anglesea, walk up to the bluff, and down to Point Roadknight Beach for a mix of views and fun on the beach.
  9. Beach Combing: This part of the trail is all about relaxing on a quiet beach walk. Bring some fish and chips for a chill lunch by the sea.
  10. Sunnymead: Trek through the wild bushland of the Great Otway National Park. This stretch is a bit more of a challenge but is worth it for the secluded Sunnymead Cove at the end.
  11. Aireys Clifftops: Almost there! This easy track is a local favourite, especially around the Lighthouse. The views are amazing and it’s very peaceful. Cap off your walk with a visit to the Lighthouse Tea Rooms, home to great scones, filling toasties, and good coffee.
  12.  Lighthouse Discovery: Learn more about the coast on this easy finish to the trail. Look out for whales as you go from viewing platform to viewing platform and read the informative signage along the way.

The Surf Coast Walk caters to all, For more information and a detailed Surf Coast map, visit Surf Coast Walk. Plan your perfect journey today and embrace the beauty of the Great Ocean Road on foot.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.