The Surf Coast Walk

The Surf Coast Walk

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/21/2014

Reading time: 3 mins

Located along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Airey’s Inlet is the new 44km Surf Coast Walk, which has recently undergone a $1.4millon extension and upgrades.

Starting at Point Impossible, 5kms north of Torquay, the walk takes in the famous Bells Beach, Great Otway National Park, Point Addis and the Anglesea heathland.

It’s not just natural wonders and incredible sights, though. This part of Australia is famed for its active adventures, like surfing. In fact, this stretch of coastline is one of the most prominent surf spots in the world, playing host to a number of key surfing events throughout the year and featuring plenty of surf schools that cater to both beginners and pros.

If you find yourself exploring the Great Ocean Road, you might want to experience some of the great things the Surf Coast has to offer, including sprawling landscapes combined with one of Australia’s hottest pursuits.

Taking the Great Ocean Road Surf Coast Walk

The coast is home to a picturesque walk that takes in all the lush scenery that surrounds it. This world class walking destination intertwines with the Great Ocean Road and its eclectic mishmash of backdrops, from rugged cliffs to never-ending sea views and quaint seaside towns perfect for taking a pit stop in.

You can choose to do just a section or the walk, or to commit yourself to the entire length. Either way, you’ll be exposed to amazing views and some of Australia’s most sought-after natural scenery.

Along the way, you’ll pass the rich ochre of the Bells Beach cliffs, a stunning landmark, the deep blue of the Bass Strait, and the lush canopies of the surrounding eucalypt forests.

Dive deep into the scenery and culture of Wathaurung country, getting to know the unique and fascinating surf culture and history as well as the abundance of wildlife that lives in the area.

The Surf Coast Walk itself joins up key towns along the way, including Torquay, Anglesea, and Aireys Inlet, all of which offer a plethora of cute cafes, restaurants, and bars to check out.

Whatever your reasons are for visiting the Great Ocean Road, taking a stroll along the Surf Coast will expose you to some of the best scenery in the region, from rainforests and cliffs to charming towns and stunning sea views, all of which will introduce you to the fascinating culture and natural history of this part of Australia.

Discover ancient Aboriginal traditions, fascinating surf coastline and an abundance of wildlife as you journey this trail. The Surf Coast Walk can be done over a couple of hours or a couple of days. Hop on our Great Ocean Road one day tour from Melbourne and opt for the Stop Over Upgrade…. we can drop you at your accommodation along the Great Ocean Road and you can spend some time on this walk before rejoining our tour another day.

Related article: Where to surf along the Great Ocean Road?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.