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TORQUAY

Beach UNPATROLLED PATROLLED UNPATROLLED BEACH TODAY
Beach Number:
vic297
State/Region:
VIC
Post Code:
3228
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
Front (0.5km) Jan Juc (0.8km) Fishermans (1.1km) Princes Street (1.4km) Beach 300 (1.9km)

Beach

Torquay is promoted as the 'Surfing Capital of Australia'. It is definitely the commercial surfing capital. Torquay Beach was the site of the first malibu board demonstration in Australia, back in 1956. Today Torquay is more important for being the closest town to the famous Bells Beach, and the stepping-off point for a number of surfing locations along the Great Ocean Road. The Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1945, has also hosted state, national and international surf lifesaving carnivals. More recently, a number of major surfing companies and an excellent Surf World exhibition have been located at Torquay's Surf Coast Plaza. Torquay Beach is 800 m long and faces south-east, with some protection provided toward the southern end by Rocky Point. Extensive intertidal rock reefs lie off Point Danger at the northern end, and Spring Creek drains across the beach just west of the surf club. Waves average 1.2 m and usually cut three rips across the single bar, with additional permanent rips against the rocks at each end. The southern rip, known as the ‘Escalator’ is particularly strong during easterly conditions. The beach itself is moderately steep and is backed by extensive parking areas, particularly along the eastern half.

Swimming

A very popular summer beach bolstered by its name, good accessibility and surf lifesaving club. The beach is moderately safe on the bars in the patrolled areas, however avoid the rocks and strong rips, particularly toward Point Danger as, on average, 27 people are rescued here each year.

Surfing

The site of the first short board riding in Australia and still a very popular, if crowded, location year round. The beach offers a wide beach break, which is moderately protected during westerlies, though best in a north-westerly, with a left hander off Point Danger.

Fishing

Both beach and rock fishing are available, with the best rip holes toward the northern end. Take care on the rocks, as they are awash at high tide.

General

One of Victoria's best known and most popular summer surfing beaches. The adjacent town offers all facilities, while the patrolled beach is popular with bathers and surfers.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
300

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Parking Parking
  • Bus Bus
  • Train Train
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
8
First Aids:
43
Preventative Actions:
1124

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Torquay SLSC Torquay (Lifeguards)

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Torquay SLSC

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  • Torquay (Lifeguards)

    VISIT SITE

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Today 11° N/22.00 km/h

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GEELONG RACECOU (12 km) issued at Thu 30 Jul 13:00

WATER

12

Issued at Wed, July 29 14:09

SWELL FORECAST

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Saturday
  • AM
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  • SW
    0.6 m
  • SSW
    0.7 m
  • SW
    0.9 m
  • SW
    0.7 m
  • SW
    1.2 m

issued at Thu, July 30 04:44

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UV INDEX

2

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    07:30
    0.29m
  • High
    14:15
    0.95m
  • Low
    19:43
    0.66m
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Geelong issued at Thu, July 30 00:00

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