Where to surf along the Great Ocean Road

Ride the waves at Victoria’s greatest surf spots around!

The Great Ocean Road; home to Victoria’s stunning stretch of coastland. A smorgasbord of jagged clifftops, lush rainforests, and some of the best surfing spots in the country. Millions of tourists and locals head down the winding great ocean road for a breath of sea air. Stopping into the local towns and setting up camp within the lush bushland. But Regardless of the type of traveller visiting, their trip is simply incomplete without checking out at least one of the beaches sprinkling the shores. The road is famed for its beaches, most particularly for their perfect surfing waves and rips, home to world surfing professionals’ favourite spots. It was the starting point to the much-loved icon of Australia’s surf scene, with famous surf brands being born right along this coast.

Check out the best surf spots to visiting during your Great Ocean Road holiday.

  • Apollo Bay, Cape Otway

    If you are a first-timer or just starting to get the hang out it, it’s probably best to avoid the large swells and rough currents of Great Ocean Road’s more popular surf spots. Therefore, taking a lesson along the calmer sections or heading out with a friend can help you ease into it. Apollo Bay promises a safer haven of waves, with lessons offered to all ages, and swimming allowed for those too nervous to grab a board.

  • Lorne Point, Lorne

    Lorne is one of the biggest destinations on the Great Ocean Road, with point break always crowded with waves and surfers. It is great for the experienced surfers looking for their next wave, with both smaller and bigger swells that are fast and powerful. Locals usually cover this surf but are more than welcome to share the waves if you are friendly.

  • Bells Beach, Torquay

    Bells Beach is home to Australia’s oldest and most professional surf competition, famous among surfers as the top surf hub around. Here you can watch the best of the best,
    with Easter weekend holding the rip curl surf competition which brings surfers from all over the world. Bells beach is also loved for its scenic landscape, with unforgettable sights you can marvel at during your surf.

  • Black Nose Point, Portland

    The Black Nose Point refers to the larger, twenty-meter-high basalt headland that is a part of the stretching 400-meter beach. Due to the exposed point break, the surf is consistently large with clean groundswells. But due to its rough current, and its rocky surrounds, and unpatrolled region, this spot is best for only the most experienced surfers.

  • Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road

    You might have heard of the Gibson Steps before, for it is renowned for being neighbours to the famous site the 12 Apostles. These large limestone stacks emerged from the crashing sea, creating picturesque scenery and an unforgettable surfing experience. The limestones will dwarf you as you crick your neck to see while riding the A-frame waves to shore.

  • Easter Reef, Great Ocean Road

    Exclusively for experienced surfers, the waves at Easter Reef can get massive and marvellous rough and massive. The beach is located along the Great Ocean Road, and is always crammed full with local surfers and pros visiting. Head here and face your fears on the high waves crashing down, experiences exhilarating high along with the pros.

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