Torquay | Jan Juc | Bells Beach - The Home of Surfing

Things to do

The beaches and the surf is what usually brings people to areas like Torquay and Bells Beach and Jan Juc but there is a lot more to do here than surf or swim. There are designated walking tracks from Anglesea to Torquay and along the cliff tops at Bells Beach. The beaches themselves provide great spaces to walk and see the stunning scenery of the limestone cliffs and the views out across Bass Strait. The Surf Coast Walk takes advantage of the majestic vistas down the coast and onto the beaches and out to sea.

The Surf World Surfing Museum at Surf City Plaza has many hands on displays and memorabilia of the area and its surfing history. Even if you aren't a surfer there is something here to interest everyone.

If you interested in other water activities like snorkelling and diving there is a lot to keep you interested. Point Danger Marine Park is a great place to snorkel, though its name suggests danger it is a danger for ships coming close to the coast. The diversity of sea life in the area is amazing and a snorkelling trip in the park will show you some great wild life.

If you are a diver you can dive on the wrecks at the Commonwealth ship graveyard number 3, some are only in 8 metres of water. There is a variety of sea going vessels here including submarines.

If you are after a bit of luxury and pampering visit the Saltair Spa nestled in a quiet setting with views to the sea and of the rolling hills surrounding Torquay. The products here are based on local indigenous flora, fruits, desert salts, ochres and sea plants. There are facials and body treatments, massages and hydrotherapy techniques for you to enjoy.

For the more adventurous there is sky diving from Torquay and Loddon where you can single or tandem dive. Operated by Australia Skydive the views from up top are amazing.

A great place for kids and adults is the giant maze at Amaze'N Games. As well as the maze there is an 18 hole mini golf course. For more adventure and fun visit Tiger Moth World Adventure Park. It has mini golf and soccer and lots of fun for the kids up to teenagers. The museum at Tiger Moth will tell you all about the 1930's bi-planes.

Another museum is located at Bellbrae just 6 kilometres away that has a great display of horse drawn carriages.

The beaches are good for beach fishing, especially on the rocky ends where fish tend to congregate to feed among the rocks. Fisherman's Beach is the best for fishing all year round.

Inland form Torquay and worth a visit are the local wineries that form the Surf Coast Wine Trail. There are 11 wineries all with cellar door sales though 3 are by appointment only. What a great way to finish off your surf coast holiday by taking home some locally grown wine.