The Great Ocean Road is as appealing as it sounds for a surf trip when visiting Australia. Only one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Melbourne, it is host to some of the finest surf breaks Australia has to offer, such as the world-famous Bells Beach and Winkipop, as well as some equally good, lesser known surf breaks.
The Great Ocean Road represents the coastal region of south-west Victoria in Australia. It is a 273km-stretch of road along the south-east coast, one of Australia's most scenic drives.
It is also home to the worlds longest-running surf contest, the Rip Curl Pro, which takes place at Bells Beach every Easter. The hub of the surf scene here is around the town of Torquay, where you can pick up some great bargains from the surf outlets that stock all the famous brands such as Rip Curl, Billabong and Quicksilver.
There are plenty of surf schools along the coast that are able to assist you with lessons. Surfboards are also available to rent if you are not travelling with your own. Be sure to rent or pack in a wetsuit for the cooler waters along this coastline. Booties and a hoodie are recommended for the winter months (June through to September), when both the outside air temperature and water temperature can drop below 15C. Sunscreen and bug spray are also essential items to pack in for any Australian holiday.
Whether you’re an experienced surfer wanting to take on the infamous Danger Point or you’re wanting to try surfing for the very first time, you are bound to find a perfect wave to enjoy along the Great Ocean Road. Be sure to speak to experienced locals who will share a secret or two about their best spots.
By Leanne Pohlmann