Torquay in Victoria is a very popular holiday destination on the gateway of the Great Ocean Road. The town has a population of about 8,000 people and was first occupied by the Wathaurong Aboriginal people. The town is named after Torquay in England.
There are many attractions to Torquay in particular the beaches for surfing. Bells Beach which one of Australia’s most famous beaches is located in Torquay and although it wasn’t filmed there is the final scene from the movie Point Break.
Bells Beach is home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing competition which is the world’s oldest surfing competition and renowned around the world. Many of the most famous surf companies call Torquay home including Piping Hot, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Torquay also features the Surfworld Museum which houses a collection of surfing memorabilia from past to present.
If you didn’t come with your surfboard then you can hire one from the Torquay Surfing Academy, which is located at 34a Bell Street in town. They also hire other equipment including kayaks, bikes, fishing rods, wetsuits and more.
Apart from surfing and water sport activities, another attraction is Tiger Moth World Adventure Park. The theme park is based on the 1930’s plane and contains a museum dedicated to the famous aircraft. The theme park also has flying foxes, minigolf, and if your really adventurous why not take a flight or go for a skydive.
Golfing enthusiasts will also appreciate the world-class 18-hole golf course designed by Stuart Appleby. Located near the Peppers Sands Resort, the course features five tee positions, putting greens and a driving range.
During the holiday season and in particular when school is out Torquay is one of the most popular destinations targeted by schoolies, so if you come to Torquay during this time make sure to book accommodation early.
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