Great Ocean Road officially starts at surf central, Torquay,
where surf brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver started in back
sheds. All you’ll ever need for the water is at Surf
City Plaza, which has a skate park out back.
The Esplanade has a feast of food venues. The Sands golf
course designed by Stuart Appleby splits Torquay from Jan
Juc and nearby Bells Beach, which hosts the Easter surf
Juc is also the first step of the Surf
Coast Walk that extends 27 kms to Angahook Lorne State Park
at Moggs Creek near Aireys Inlet.
A mere 16 kms from Jan
Juc is Anglesea, home of the Heathlands, one
of the richest repositories of orchids on the planet. Eco-Logic
provides tours and programs to discover the wealth of natural
wonders inland and around the coast. If you can’t
get a birdie or an eagle playing golf on the Anglesea course,
you’ll always get a roo. Local kangaroos laze by the
Do the Eagle Rock at Aireys Inlet, only 10 kms from Anglesea.
Visible well before you get there because of its Split Point
Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet is the site of Eagle Rock Marine
Sanctuary, which covers 17 hectares of water and shore.
Right by the road is the 6km stretch of Fairhaven Beach,
the longest of all the beaches along the Great Ocean Road
and a natural favourite of surfers.
There are still stickers that read “I love Lorne.”
Little wonder. The town was the first place in Victoria
to have its beauty preserved by government gazette. Still
beautiful, Lorne is the busiest town on the Surf Coast.
It is best described as coastal cosmopolitan. Its shops,
café culture, restaurants and hotels are all class.
The bookshop and galleries complete its elevated level of