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1. Posted by rtholgan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I am studying at the University of Monash, in Melbourne. Does anyone know how far it is to the nearest surf break. I hear Torquay goes off and is one of the closer surf beaches. Is that true? If so, how far is it to Torquay?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting rtholgan

I am studying at the University of Monash, in Melbourne. Does anyone know how far it is to the nearest surf break. I hear Torquay goes off and is one of the closer surf beaches. Is that true? If so, how far is it to Torquay?

IT's about an hour to an hour and a half southwest of the city, depending on where in the city you're coming from, and if you want to avoid the toll roads or not.
Bells Beach is right near there, too. Famous with surfers, apparently. *isn't a surfer, but went on a Great Ocean Road trip with a surfing friend once* The entire stretch of coast from there to Lorne (an hour further out) has good spots.
The other nearby place where decent surfing is sometimes to be found is at the Mornington Peninsula (directly south of the city, following the east side of the bay), which is closer in distance but makes for a slower drive - 1.5 to 2 hours, probably.

Neither location is guaranteed to have any surf at all. Check surfing websites for the current swell before heading out, or risk being disappointed.

Your best bet after those two would be Phillip Island, 2 - 2.5 hours out (just east of the Mornington Peninsula, though there's no direct connection). That has good beaches all around, so is almost bound to have some surf somewhere.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2008, at 1:12 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I'm from Melbourne and I go to the beaches here every summer.

Yes theres basically your Great Ocean Rd area as already mentioned (Torquay, Ocean Grove, Lorne and places inbetween).

But also the Mornington Peninsula itself has good surf. It'd be about 1hr 15mins drive from Clayton if you're based there. Beaches include Portsea, Sorrento, Gunnamatta, etc and others inbetween. There wouldn't be any need to go as far as Phillip Island on this side of Melbourne.

If you look at a map of Melbourne theres Port Phillip Bay which is almost surrounded by land. Theres 2 bits of land that almost meet near the inlet of this bay. Basically good beaches are scattered on the opposite side of the bay in the ocean area behind both bits of land. Of course theres many more further out but these are most convenient for those living in Melbourne.

Erik