In sought of a getaway, a friend and I decided to venture off to coastal Victoria – the Great Ocean Road. We booked a campsite by Torquay Surf Beach and spent the next 4 days watching the sunrise, surfing and enjoying the crisp air of the pacific waters. It was a cheap, yet invigorating vacation. After a month and a half of back-to-back tests and assignments it was a liberating experience for the both of us in being able to connect with Mother Nature. It silenced our thoughts, and helped achieve mental clarity to appreciate the beauty in simple things. We spent our days in the water and our nights, gazing at the Milky Way by the shore.
I recommend this to everyone in need of a break. Pack your tent, a sleeping back and lots of warm clothes and head out to Torquay. As Victorians, we are quite privileged to have these iconic beaches only 90 minutes away from the CBD. Torquay has been the long-standing surf capital of Australia – home to the international surf competition, the Rip Curl Pros. This competition is held every year from the 16th of April – 27th of April at Bells Beach (10 minute drive from Torquay main beach). With an entry price of $5, you are able to witness world-class surfing – think Kelly Slator, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow. Check out their official website - http://www.live.ripcurl.com/rip-curl-pro-2014-bells-beach.html
The campsites include a fully equipped kitchen (cutlery, fridge, oven, stove, toaster, kettle, sink), warm water showers, toilets an outdoor BBQ, and a playground.
We didn’t have surfing gear of our own so walked down the main street, to a surf hire shop called ‘’Go ride a wave’’. Surf hire is relatively cheap - $25 for 2 hours, surfboard and wetsuit included and if you go during winter months, the owner is quite lenient in that he lets you hire it for the whole day if you strike up a conversation and show some enthusiasm. Plus the beach is always filled with keen surfers, so make some new friends!!
Go Ride A Wave - http://www.gorideawave.com.au/
1/15 Bell Street, Torquay, Victoria, 3228
How to Get there
Driving would most definitely be the way to go here. GPS Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park. Just under 90 minutes from the CBD.