Visit the Great Ocean Road
See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Get outdoors on bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions. Feast on spectacular views and local produce along the way.
Dose up on surf culture at Torquay, the home of Bells Beach and birthplace of iconic brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. The official start point of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Victoria’s surfing and beach worship capital. Visit over Easter and see the world’s best surfers compete in the mighty Rip Curl Pro.
A surfing obsession
Holiday with the family and splash about on one of the protected beaches. If you prefer the action of the surging surf, nearby Jan Juc is a little wilder, and experienced surfers can tackle the big swells of Bells Beach. This world-famous beach is the venue for the Rip Curl Pro, one of the most sought after titles on the World Championship Tour.
Some of the biggest names in surfwear and accessories had their start in Torquay and their influence is on show at Surf City Plaza, a shopping precinct devoted to the sport. Stock up on the latest from the likes of Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Strapper, Gash and Rojo. Around the corner you can bag yourself a bargain from the Baines Court surf seconds outlets.
Museum trips and nature walks
While at its busiest in the hot summer months, Torquay is a year-round destination offering more than just amazing surf. Capture the spirit of surf culture with a visit to the Surf World Surfing Museum with pictures and hands-on displays. Stroll along sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs or take fine views of the coast from vantage points along the Surf Coast Walk. Don’t be afraid of the name, snorkelling around Point Danger Marine Sanctuary is a great way to see some of the diversity of the area’s underwater inhabitants.
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5 guests2 bedrooms4 beds2 baths
You will find this bright and comfortable home near the beach in Torquay north. There are some shops within walking distance, while restaurants, family-friendly activities, nightlife and public transport are in nearby Torquay town centre. The Dunes Shopping Centre in Torquay North has a supermarket, cafe and bar. The property is great for couples, solo adventurers, and business travellers.
Torquay Beachfront Gem
2 guests2 bedrooms2 beds2 baths
Look no further for the most fabulous location in Torquay. This older-style two-bedroom apartment is located right on The Esplanade in Torquay, opposite Front Beach and and close to all amenities on offer in town.
You will find restaurants, bars, supermarkets and retail outlets within walking distance of the property.
Pet-Friendly Belmont pad
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
In the heart of Belmont just a few hundred metres from High St, this property is a delight for anyone working or holidaying.
With the Great Ocean Road and its beaches and hinterland right on the doorstop, this neat older-style property is the perfect place for a comfortable base. The townhouse is in a quiet street and backs on to a creek and reserve.
It's close to Belmont strip shops, as well as Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and only a few minutes drive from Geelong CBD and Eastern Beach.
Jan Juc Gem
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
Just a two minute walk to the clifftops of Jan Juc, this property will not disappoint. The renovated beach shack has everything you need for a stay on the coast. The best views are a short walk up your street. The older-style unit is in a quiet spot, a block from a shop, pubs and handful of eateries in Jan Juc village. It’s a five minute drive to bustling Bell Street and is perfect for accessing local beaches.
Sunny Jan Juc Studio
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
You couldn’t ask for a better spot just 800m from the beach on Victoria’s Surf Coast. You have your own studio, complete with living and outdoor area, basic kitchenette and private bathroom. You’ll find the beach and some shops within walking distance in Jan Juc, while restaurants, family-friendly activities, nightlife and public transport are in nearby Torquay. It’s great for couples, solo adventurers, and business travellers.
Idyllic Farm House Retreat in Freshwater Creek
5 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
Nestled in picturesque Freshwater Creek on Victoria’s Surf Coast, this property is surrounded by countryside yet just 15 minutes’ drive to the sand and surf. It’s close to Mt Duneed Estate and Geelong, and surrounded with opportunities for adventure, culture and delicious food and wine. Set among sprawling gardens, this farmhouse combines pretty indoor and outdoor spaces with a private porch, open plan living and dining, two comfortable bedrooms, renovated bathroom and internal laundry.
Thanks to its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community along with the nearby Otways and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than a century.
Alive in the outdoors
Your first stop has to be the Lorne surf beach, the only patrolled beach in town. Cool off in the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay or take a stroll up to Shelley Beach to explore the rock pools.
The nearby Great Otway National Park is a nature lover’s playground with misty waterfalls, giant ferns and ancient forest. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town.
Hit the Surf Coast Walk to see the rich ochre cliffs of Bells Beach and the leafy green eucalypts lining the coast of Bass Strait. For a test of mind and body, visit in May for the Great Ocean Road Marathon, one of the world’s most visually spectacular runs.
For those keen on a bit of fishing during their holidays, the Lorne Pier is a great place to cast a line for trevally, barracuda and whiting. Keep an eye out for migrating whales between May and September. Lorne is one of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road to see these giants of the deep as they make their journey along the coast.
Whether you’re staying overnight or just passing through, take time out to wander down Lorne’s main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries. Relax with a latte at a sidewalk cafe, picnic under the trees on the foreshore, or dine on freshly caught seafood at a local restaurant.
Boasting a spirited arts community, Lorne is home to the Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts and the popular Falls Music and Arts Festival, which has hosted the likes of Iggy Pop, Courtney Barnett and Grandmaster Flash. Pop into Qdos Arts to check out changing exhibits and outdoor sculpture park, or visit in March for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, when up to 40 works are exhibited along the foreshore.
Hear the story behind the building of the Great Ocean Road, the world’s largest war memorial. Read about the diggers that worked on the road and browse the permanent exhibition at the new Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre, housed in the Lorne Visitor Centre.
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Ocean Front Living
The beauty of the Great Ocean Road awaits with a rustic coastal stay in the bustling seaside town of Lorne. A beach house-style escape, the property showcases stunning timbers and an open-plan layout; and epitomises indoor-outdoor living.
Perched just one minutes’ walk to the edge of the turquoise waters and 800 metres from the city centre, enjoy the luxury of a spacious outdoor balcony with sweeping ocean views that’s perfect for a morning coffee, afternoon drink or evening dinner.