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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read less
Wind: West to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending west to southwesterly during the morning and easing to 15 to 20 knots by the afternoon. Winds tending southwesterly easing to 10 to 15 knots by the evening.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the late morning, then decreasing to 1 metre during the evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of drizzle.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southerly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 2.5 metres, tending southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning, then increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of drizzle.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of drizzle.
|Thu 23rd||11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm|
|Fri 24th||10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm|
|Sat 25th||10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:10 am to 5:20 pm|
|Sun 26th||11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 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.