Outdoor Activities

Surfing on the Great Ocean Road

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 that 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.

Many of the beaches are patrolled in Summer, and lifesavers can give advice on local breaks, reefs, tides and currents.

Visit the Beach Safe website for more information.

Torquay, at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, was the birthplace of surf culture. The leading surf brands of Rip Curl and Quiksilver were established here more than 30 years ago and are now global market leaders in clothing and equipment for surf, snow and adventure sports.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, 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.