Discover Surf Coast
The Great Ocean Road is one of the major tourism icons in Australia. Torquay marks the official start of the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast region is home to some of the most spectacular scenery along this world renowned ocean drive including Bells Beach, the home of Australian surfing.
Surf Coast Visitor Information Centres
The Surf Coast, located at the start of the Great Ocean Road, is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. Visitors marvel at the changing landscape, where the rugged coast line of Australia meets the stunning natural backdrop of the Great Otway National Park.
The Surf Coast region boasts four visitor information centres, located in Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Winchelsea. The Surf Coast Shire has two accredited VICs, in Torquay and Lorne, and two non accredited VICs, in Anglesea and Winchelsea.
The visitor centres are staffed by friendly, professional, staff and volunteers with extensive local knowledge. Offering a full range of information on local attractions, restaurants, cafes, places of interest and upcoming events in the region – and an accommodation referral system – they will help you plan the perfect Surf Coast experience.
The gift shops at Torquay and Lorne visitor centres stock a full range of gifts and souvenirs, from local produce and postcards to souvenir books.
The Surf Coast Visitor Centres are the best place to start your journey.
A Visitor Information Centre (VIC) handles all types of tourism enquiries from things to see and do, special events, itinerary planning and accommodation referrals. The Surf Coast Shire has two accredited VICs in Torquay and Lorne and two non accredited VICs in Anglesea and Winchelsea.
Accredited VICs are identified through the blue & yellow ‘i’ symbol. Accredited VICs are open 9am-5pm, seven days a week, with trained staff and car-parking facilities.
off Surfcoast Highway, Beach Road
Ph: 03 5261 4219
or 1300 614 219
Visitor Information Centre
15 Mountjoy Parade,
Ph: 03 5289 1152
or 1300 891 152
Anglesea River Bank,
Great Ocean Road, Anglesea
Open 7 days 9am to 5pm
1A Willis Street,Winchelsea
Open Friday 1pm - 4pm
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am -4pm
Open public holidays (except Christmas Day)
LInks to towns and key features
Click on the links below to download a pdf of the Surf Coast Shire towns maps.
Surf Coast Shire Map(PDF, 1MB)
Things to do / Places to stay
For suggestions on accommodation, places to eat and things to see and do while you're staying on the Surf Coast, a series of Fact Sheets have been developed to help you get the most out of your stay.
Cycling & Walking
Tell us about your Surf Coast experience
If you recently spent time in the Surf Coast region and would like to give us feedback please fill out the Visitor Feedback Form(PDF, 126KB).
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Special Project - GOR National Heritage Centre
The Great Ocean Road National Heritage Centre in Lorne will become a focal point for permanent and temporary displays on the history of the Great Ocean Road.
The historical displays will be located at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre, a visible and accessible place that attracts a high number of national and international visitors enjoying the start of their journey along the Great Ocean Road. Find out more.