Beaches

Beaches around Torquay

Life is better at the beach. There are so many reasons why the beach is good for you – the fresh sea air in your lungs, the calming waves, the cleansing properties of the salty water and the grainy sand polishing your skin. 

A morning stroll or jog is a great heart starter and a dip in the refreshing waters can have a calming effect both for the mind and body. Simply watching the sun as it sinks below the horizon brings a sense of peace. Maybe a seaside getaway is just what the doctor ordered? 

Beach Safety

For local beach safety and surf reports, visit the following websites: 

beachsafe.org.au
www.swellnet.com.au
www.facebook.com/surfcoastsurfreport/ 

Patrolled Beaches

Torquay, part of the Surf Coast is world renowned for its pristine beaches and spectacular coastline. While beach goers are encouraged to enjoy the natural assets caution must be taken at all times. Beach goers are urged to utilize life guard services during the summer season and to always be aware that ocean and waterway conditions change regularly. Beachsafe provides a comprehensive guide to water safety, life saving and ocean conditions within Australia. 

Surf Coast Patrolled Beaches
Volunteer and paid lifeguards patrol popular Surf Coast beaches during the peak summer period. Lifesavers are only on duty when the red and yellow flags are displayed. Remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach. 

Torquay
November to April – Volunteer Lifeguards weekends and public holidays 
December to February – Paid Lifeguards weekdays 

Torquay – Cosy Corner
December to January – Paid Lifeguards weekdays 

Surfing in Torquay

Surf’s up at the local surf breaks around Torquay, the home of surfing in Australia. Discover more.

Dogs at the Beach

There’s nothing better than taking your pup off the leash and letting it run free. But the council has some pretty strict rules in place, which means your dog needs to be harnessed unless it is in a designated off leash area. Luckily, Torquay is home to some mighty fine dog beaches where your pet can frolic in the sand all year round. The most popular is White’s Beach, just a kilometre or two down the esplanade, Jan Juc near the golf course, half way between Moon Bay and Rocky Point.

Download the Surf Coast Shire Dog Regulations map here.

A Nurtured Environment

It’s no wonder that the Surf Coast’s beaches are amongst the most beautiful in Australia. The preservation of the natural beauty and quality of the Surf Coast beaches is a high priority for the Surf Coast community. The Surf Coast Shire has won a number of clean beaches awards, including the “Keep Australia Beautiful Victorian Clean Beach of the Year Award” for Bells Beach in 2010. 

The Surf Coast was the first council in Victoria to implement “No butts, no cuts”; a program banning smoking and glass containers on all beaches in the Surf Coast. Many local community groups also work on initiatives to preserve the cleanness and beauty of the Surf Coast beaches. 

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.