Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Torquay: Surf Capital of Australia

Torquay is widely considered the surf capital of Australia, with some of the best surfing beaches in the world at its doorstep. The coastal town also marks the start of the Great Ocean Road. In other words, a visit to Torquay is a must if you’re interested in Australia’s favourite pastime, or simply if you wish to see some of the most picturesque oceanfront scenery on the planet. In the summer, the number of visitors to Torquay triples, but holiday rentals of all sorts welcome guests year-round.

Torquay Surf Culture

Torquay is the closest town to world-famous Bells Beach, where surf and shark movie Point Break was set in the early nineties. This stunningly rugged, larger-than-life stretch of sand between cliffs attracts great swell and is sought after by experienced surfers. Even non-surfers holidaying in the area must visit Bells Beach, if only for the plunging seascapes. If you’re seeking slightly calmer waves to surf, head over to nearby Jan Juc, considered the breeding ground for the next generation of surfers. Total newbie? A number of surf schools line the beaches in Torquay, giving beginners a chance to learn the craft, too.

As you might expect, surf culture goes beyond the waves in Torquay: visitors can learn about the history of the sport at the Surf World Museum [LINK http://www.surfworld.com.au/] or browse the latest Quicksilver or Rip Curl fashions right where they were created and launched to the world, at Surf City Plaza.

More than Surfing at Torquay

As the official start to the Great Ocean Road, Torquay offers a number of attractions other than surfing. If you’re looking for a safe, family-friendly beach where you can relax and swim with the kids, head to Torquay’s Main Beach. Several cafes are located along The Esplanade, moments from the shore, so visitors can combine a delicious meal with a visit to the beach.

Tiger Moth World, an adventure park in Torquay, invites you into the universe of vintage aircrafts. The park advertises good old-fashioned fun for the whole family and runs scenic flights over Torquay onboard a World War II inspired, open-cockpit plane, along with a host of activities for kids of all ages, such as minigolf, paddle boating, volleyball, mini soccer and playground equipment.

Don’t worry: Torquay has something for the grownups, as well! Saltair Day Spa features a number of treatments, including a range of massages. If you have half a day to spend in heaven, try the Ocean Dreaming treatment, a rejuvenating 8-part experience that you can enjoy on your own or with a friend or partner. Otherwise, indulge in a 60- or 90-minute treatment for some well-deserved ‘me time’.

Torquay Walks & Trails

Staying active when you’re not surfing is easy in Torquay, with coastal trails that offer panoramic ocean views high above the beaches. If you’re feeling ambitious, walk close to 6km from Point Impossible to Yellow Bluff. This trail meanders through Wathaurung Country, where you can learn about the Aboriginals who once lived here. Closer to town, Torquay Promenade offers an easy family walk of under 2km, where visitors can find out about the region’s history while taking in breathtaking scenery. If you want to see Torquay’s beaches from up high, walk the trail from Point Danger to Bird Rock: you’ll pass Main Beach and Jan Juc and may be able to observe a surf lesson taking place.

Action and Adventure in Torquay

Travellers seeking something more thrilling can go skydiving, with Australian Skydive based right in Torquay. Enjoy freefalling and parachuting while taking in beautiful ocean and hinterland views from a unique perspective. Alternately, visitors can rent a motorcycle for a few hours and ride along the Great Ocean Road. That way, if you don’t have a car, you can still drive all the way to Anglesea or Lorne. Finally, get up close and personal with the wildlife below sea-level and go snorkelling around Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. West Coast Adventure Surf School will be happy to take you out to the limestone reefs, where over 90 species dwell.

Torquay in a Nutshell

Torquay is an iconic Australian holiday destination, the birthplace of Aussie surf culture as we know it today. The town’s population of 7000 nearly triples over the summer, attesting to its popularity. If you’re planning to spend some time in Torquay, of course an interest in surfing helps, but groups and families will find plenty to do without even touching a surfboard. One thing is for certain: holidaying in Torquay will keep you on your feet!

Cancel Clear Filters Apply Filters
More Filters

Price Per Night

AU$ AU$

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Booking Options

Property Type

Location Type

Even More Filters

Features

Managed By

Clear Filters
Use filters to narrow your search results!
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 250
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(48 reviews)
avg/night
48
  • 2 BR Apartment
  • 1 BA
Excellent! 4.7/5
(24 reviews)
avg/night
24
  • 3 BR House
  • 1 BA
  • 130
Excellent! 4.5/5
(34 reviews)
avg/night
34
  • 5 BR House
  • 3 BA
  • 1 HF BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(25 reviews)
avg/night
25
  • 3 BR Townhome
  • 2 BA
  • 1 HF BA
  • 90
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(80 reviews)
avg/night
80
  • 2 BR Cottage
  • 1 BA
  • 14
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(18 reviews)
avg/night
18
Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(42 reviews)
avg/night
42
  • 2 BR House
  • 1 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(33 reviews)
avg/night
33
  • 4 BR House
  • 3 BA
  • 35
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(30 reviews)
avg/night
30
  • 2 BR House
  • 1 BA
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(43 reviews)
avg/night
43
Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
  • 6 BR House
  • 1 BA
  • 1 HF BA
  • 240
Good! 3.9/5
(23 reviews)
avg/night
23
  • 2 BR Townhome
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(97 reviews)
avg/night
97
Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 45
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(47 reviews)
avg/night
47
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(13 reviews)
avg/night
13
  • 3 BR Townhome
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(28 reviews)
avg/night
28
  • 2 BR House
  • 1 BA
Excellent! 4.7/5
(50 reviews)
avg/night
50
  • 4 BR Townhome
  • 4 BA
  • 1 HF BA
  • 500
Exceptional! 5/5
(96 reviews)
avg/night
96
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 200
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(60 reviews)
avg/night
60
  • 1 BR Apartment
  • 1 BA
  • 90
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(42 reviews)
avg/night
42
  • 1 BR Hotel
  • 1 BA
Very Good! 4.1/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
11
  • 2 BR Cottage
  • 1 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(18 reviews)
avg/night
18
  • 4 BR Townhome
  • 2 BA
  • 60
Exceptional! 5/5
(35 reviews)
avg/night
35
  • 2 BR Townhome
  • 2 BA
  • 148
Exceptional! 5/5
(43 reviews)
avg/night
43
Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(48 reviews)
avg/night
48
  • 2 BR Townhome
  • 1 BA
Excellent! 4.7/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
11
  • 3 BR House
  • 2 BA
avg/night
4
  • 3 BR House
  • 1 BA
  • 24
Excellent! 4.6/5
(35 reviews)
avg/night
35
Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR Townhome
  • 3 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(42 reviews)
avg/night
42
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 25
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(32 reviews)
avg/night
32
  • 3 BR House
  • 2 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(22 reviews)
avg/night
22
  • 3 BR Apartment
  • 2 BA
Excellent! 4.6/5
(7 reviews)
avg/night
7
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(39 reviews)
avg/night
39
  • 3 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(31 reviews)
avg/night
31
  • 4 BR House
  • 3 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(33 reviews)
avg/night
33
  • 5 BR House
  • 1 BA
  • 2 HF BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(24 reviews)
avg/night
24
  • 2 BR House
  • 1 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(32 reviews)
avg/night
32
  • 5 BR House
  • 2 BA
Excellent! 4.6/5
(52 reviews)
avg/night
52
  • 3 BR House
  • 1 BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(33 reviews)
avg/night
33
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Excellent! 4.7/5
(56 reviews)
avg/night
56
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 240
Exceptional! 5/5
(20 reviews)
avg/night
20
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 250
Exceptional! 5/5
(23 reviews)
avg/night
23
  • 3 BR House
  • 3 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(5 reviews)
avg/night
5
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Excellent! 4.6/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
10
  • 3 BR House
  • 1 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(9 reviews)
avg/night
9
  • 2 BR Apartment
  • 2 BA
Good! 3.8/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
10
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(57 reviews)
avg/night
57
  • 2 BR House
  • 1 BA
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
14
  • 1 BR Apartment
  • 1 BA
  • 34
avg/night
4
  • 4 BR House
  • 2 BA
  • 1 HF BA
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
12
  • 2 BR Apartment
  • 1 BA
Exceptional! 5/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
11
 

Recent Reviews

Fantastic family holiday, will definitely return!

5 of 5
Best holiday house, we didn’t even need to leave the house. From the pool table to the basketball net, to table tennis, it was endless activities. Not to mention the huge trampoline, the 2 story cubby house with kids kitchen, the slide coming down to the sandpit and the beautiful yard to run around in. When we were all tired we could watch endless DVDS. It was a short walk to the beach & 5 minutes drive to the shops. Cooking facilities were fantastic. The house was very clean, Michelle was very quick to respond to any questions we had, all in all a fantastic holiday, we didn’t want to leave!!
  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018

Very neat and tidy

5 of 5
Love staying there. Close to everything.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018