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 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 to postcards and souvenir books.

The Surf Coast Visitor Centres are the best places to start your journey.

Visitor Information Centres (VICs) handle all types of tourism enquiries from things to see and do, special events, itinerary planning and accommodation referrals. The Surf Coast Shire has VICs in Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea and Winchelsea.

informajtion_logo.jpgAccredited 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.  The Torquay and Lorne VIC's are accredited.

Surf City Plaza
Beach Road (off Surfcoast Highway) Torquay
Ph: 1300 614 219
15 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Ph: 1300 891 152

Anglesea River Bank,
Great Ocean Road, Anglesea
Ph: 1300 614 219
Opening hours vary seasonally

1A Willis Street, Winchelsea
Ph: 1300 891 152
Open Friday 1pm - 4pm
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am -4pm
Open public holidays (except Christmas Day)

The Surf Coast includes the main towns of Torquay, AngleseaAireys Inlet (believed to be one of the Great Ocean Road's greatest secrets) and Lorne.  Lorne is the final stop along the Surf Coast and one of the more well-known and well-established coastal settlements within the Great Ocean Road region.

Links to towns and key features

Town destination Guides

Click on the links below for Destination Guides





Towns Maps

Click on the links below to download a pdf of the Surf Coast Shire towns maps.


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

Touring the Great Ocean Road

Winchelsea RV 48 Hour Overnight Parking Trial

Council has approved a trial that allows overnight parking for self-contained recreational vehicles (RVs), Caravans and Motorhomes in Winchelsea for a maximum of 48 hours.

Winchelsea RV 48 Hour Stop

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.

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