Torquay VIC

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,... Read more

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.

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Torquay SLSC

Mon

05/12

Tue

06/12

Wed

07/12

Thu

08/12

Fri

09/12

Sat

10/12

Sun

11/12

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13:00 - 16:30

10:00 - 17:00

Torquay (Lifeguards)

Mon

05/12

Tue

06/12

Wed

07/12

Thu

08/12

Fri

09/12

Sat

10/12

Sun

11/12

10:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 13:00

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Information

About

Torquay, VIC 3228

Length:
0.8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic297

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Marine Warnings

Thu, 08 Dec 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Thu, 08 Dec 04:54
Severe Weather Warning 1 (VIC)

Weather

Thursday 08, Dec 9:08 am

Day 24°    Night 16°
18.7°C
Rain easing. Windy

Water Temperature  16°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots shifting west to southwesterly 25 to 35 knots from the west during the morning. Winds increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the afternoon then tending southwesterly 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending westerly 2 to 3 metres during the morning, then tending southwesterly 3 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

6 am
1.79m
6 pm
1.47m
12 pm
0.40m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:40 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Friday 09, Dec

Day 17°    Night 10°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

7 am
1.69m
12 am
0.41m
7 pm
1.45m
1 pm
0.41m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:40 pm


Weather

Thu 08, Dec to Thu 15, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Thu 8th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 9th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:40 pm
Sat 10th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:40 pm
Sun 11th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:40 pm

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.

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