Every Easter thousands of surf fans flock to Victoria’s Surf Coast for the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro, which, having been held since 1962, is the world’s oldest surfing event. We thought we would get in early, do a little exploring and come back to you with the best things to eat, see and do while you’re in Torquay this Easter weekend.
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
It’s an ocean view on a budget and walking distance to all the main attractions, restaurants and, of course, the beach.
35 Bell Street, Torquay
(03) 5261 2496
Bombora Torquay Bed and Breakfast
Bombora is a cosy home away from home, only a few minutes from the centre of town. You can enjoy the peaceful setting from your own private balcony and garner some tips from your friendly local hosts on the best spots to eat, drink and surf.
1 Glengarry Drive, Torquay
(03) 5261 6673
A Torquay institution, this beachside bar has sand in the courtyard, surfboards on the walls and palm trees in the front yard. Enjoy a decent steak or their famous salt and pepper calamari while listening to live music on a Friday and Saturday night. Over Easter, Growlers will be screening a live stream from the Rip Curl Pro.
23 The Esplanade, Torquay
(03) 5264 8455
Front Beach Cafe
Relax on the Front Beach Cafe deck and enjoy views across the ocean while sampling from their wide selection of local and international beers and ciders, no to mention their impressive cocktail list. For food, try the seafood feast for two.
16 The Esplanade, Torquay
(03) 5261 9752
With its quirky interiors and mismatched furniture, Moby feels like you’ve walked into a friend’s beach shack, only the coffee is better. The all-day breakfast panini will cure the hardest of hangovers.
41 The Esplanade, Torquay
(03) 5261 2339
Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro
For this annual event (held March 26 to April 7, 2013) head down to Bells and watch the Rip Curl Pro live from the towering cliffs or sandy shores of one of Australia’s most famous beaches.
A five-minute drive out of town, up into the hills and overlooking the ocean, you will find the Saltair day spa. With various treatments and packages, Saltair will leave your skin and body relaxed and refreshed.
50 Ashmore Road, Torquay
(03) 5261 9977
Go Ride a Wave
You can’t come to Torquay and not even dip your toe in. If you’ve never surfed before, let the instructors at Go Ride a Wave show you how the pros do it.
Shop 1/15 Bell Street, Torquay
Surf Coast Walks
Enjoy a walk from Torquay to Point Addis via Bells Beach, taking in the amazing cliff formations, pristine beaches and rugged bushland. Your experienced guide will keep you informed on local knowledge along the way, with a fancy picnic lunch provided.
(03) 5263 1528
Torquay Cowrie Market
Held on The Esplanade on the last Sunday of every month, the Torquay market showcases an eclectic range of local art, craft, food and entertainment.
The Esplanade, between Gilbert and Anderson Streets, Torquay