Beaches: Victorian Coast
"This is where you are able to see true surfers, ripping waves apart"
Bells is quite capable of leaving a ring in your ears!
The bayside beaches skirting Port Phillip Bay on which the city of MELBOURNE is situated provides scenic and family friendly beaches. From there east and west stretches the coastline edging Bass Strait and numerous tourist attractions and beaches.
Bells Beach; Torquay
Bells Beach is quite capable of leaving a ring in your ears. Bells is located about a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne a short distance from Torquay on the south coast of Victoria just off the Great Ocean Road on the Surf Coast, just between Torquay and Anglesea. While the road is famous for the sites you see on the journey.
It is also a board riders dream, as the coast line carries a number of fabulous breaks including Winkipop, Rincon and Southside, the Bells area and constantly draws surfers from around Australia and the globe all year long. The stand out of course is BELLS!
We do have in Australia number of stand out locations for surfing like Margaret River, Crescent Heads and Cloudy Bay in Tasmania and some are icons. However in the opinion of most people Bells is the BEST! The Rip Curl Pro surfing contest which is a part of the ASP World Championships is held at Bells every year in Easter.
The higher cliffs at Bells provides a dramatic backdrop and makes for ideal viewing. People, sightseers and surfers take to these vantage points to gain the best spots in competition time to watch surfing champions at play in large swells that come from the Southern Ocean at Bells.
While you are at Bells pay a visit to the surfing museum and take in some of the history and culture. Bells is the home and birthplace of brands like Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Bells is not the only beach, families are able to enjoy a number protected beaches in the area. Interestingly Torquay is known as Victoria's surfing capital where the beach-based culture is at its strongest.
Bells Beach is a point break and truly only for the experienced surfer when the big swells are on. The surf rolls in from the south in steady sets one after the other lifting over the exposed reef creating magnificent almost perfect right hander's that are a delight to ride.
This is where you are able to see true surfers, ripping waves apart during autumn and winter when the surf is at it's best!
A city and area full of history for both European settlers and the original inhabitants. The port is one of Australia's earliest shipping grain from the productive WIMMERA region.
The beaches here are a variety of family friendly swimming beaches and surfing points.
Other Victorian Beaches
Warrnambool and Port Fairy; various surf and sheltered family beaches
Lorne and Apollo Bay; various surf and sheltered family beaches
Lakes Entrance; great family and fishing plus surfing
Mallacoota; great family and fishing plus surfing
Rosebud, Sorrento, Portsea; bayside family beaches and surfside surf beaches