Torquay - Beach in Torquay Surf Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

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

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

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13:00 - 16:30

10:00 - 17:00

Torquay (Lifeguards)

Mon

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

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

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:06 pm

Day 23°    Night 18°
22.7°C
Clear

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the early morning.

Tide

8 am
1.58m
2 am
0.55m
9 pm
1.56m
3 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 23°    Night 12°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Afternoon coastal seabreezes to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: breezes to 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

9 am
1.48m
2 am
0.66m
10 pm
1.61m
4 pm
0.36m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending westerly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 15th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 16th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 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.

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