Bells Beach Surfing Recreational Reserve


Just south of Torquay take the turn off to Bells Beach where the ocean views are great in any weather. The annual Rip Curl Pro surfing event is held here every Easter, and spring is the best time to see the wildflowers in the cliff top heathlands. The Surf Coast Walk also passes through this reserve. Great views of Bells beach and Winki Pop.

Dogs at Bells Beach – they need to be on a leash

Bells Beach is home to vulnerable wildlife such as the ground dwelling Rufous Bristlebird, and the adjoining sandy beach is part of the Point Addis Marine National Park. Dogs are only allowed in the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve if they are on a leash. Penalties apply if you have an off-leash dog in the reserve.

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Commercial Tour Operator Licences

Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve Commercial Tour Operator Licence

Council is required to issue tour operator licences at Bells Beach in line with State Government legislation for commercial use of crown land. 

In 2016, Council went through a competitive tender process for commercial tour operators using Bells Beach Surfing Reserve.  The following operators have current licenses for the Reserve.

Current Tour Operators

Trading Name

Great Ocean Road Surf Pty Ltd

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

Torquay Surfing Academy Pty Ltd

Torquay Surfing Academy

Walter Edgar of WDE Systems Pty Ltd

Around and About Travel & Planning

Australian National Surfing Museum

Surf Coast Shire

If you wish to be considered for a License please fill in the Bells Beach Commercial Tourism Operator Expression of Interest form. For further information, please contact Council on 5261 0600 or



90 Bells Beach Road, Bells Beach 3228  View Map

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