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Bell's Beach

The home of one of Australia’s most prestigious surf contests has powerful Southern Ocean swells, high bluffs and some excellent cliff-top viewpoints.

Watch the professionals at work when you visit Bell’s Beach, one of the biggest destinations in Australia’s surf scene. Famed for its challenging swell and sweeping cliff-top views, Bell’s Beach is a star attraction on the Great Ocean Road. Check out some of Australia’s top surfers sizing up the breaks or visit during the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition to watch international competitors carving up the swell.

Stroll out onto one of the boardwalks and viewing platforms that provide a wide panorama of the cliff-bound beach. Look out across the broad arc of golden sands, which are framed by rugged sandstone headlands and coastal heath. Outstanding surf breaks roll in from the Southern Ocean and grow steeper over the reef-dotted shallows. You might see seasoned surfers riding the right-hand breaks as the waves curl over the exposed reef. Bring your camera to snap photographs of the stunning coastal panorama.

Make your way down the stairs to the beach and check out the waves from a different perspective. Sometimes rising up to 16.5 feet (5 meters), the Bell’s Beach swell is not for the faint hearted. If you’re an experienced surfer, take on one of the two right-hand breaks for yourself. The waves are especially promising between March and October.

Visit Bell’s Beach during Easter to experience the energy of the Rip Curl Pro. Some of the world’s best surfers compete for the impressive title during the week-long festival, which also includes music concerts and other events. There are also surf contests and other sports events held at Bell’s Beach throughout summer. Come in February for the Australian Strongman Triathlon or in December for the High Tide Festival.

Bell’s Beach is situated on the southern outskirts of Torquay. Add the beach to your itinerary when exploring the inimitable Great Ocean Road or make the daytrip from town. The beach is free to visit anytime. If you’d like to go swimming, head to Jan Juc or Torquay Front Beach.


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Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay

Wyndham Resort Torquay

100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Front Beach, Torquay Central Farmers Market, and Surf World Museum. Torquay Golf Club and Torquay Visitor Information Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    RACV Torquay Resort
    RACV Torquay Resort

    RACV Torquay Resort

    1 Great Ocean Road, Jan Juc, VIC
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Surf Coast hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Torquay Golf Club, Front Beach, and Torquay Central Farmers Market. Bell's Beach is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

      Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
      Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

      Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

      35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Torquay Golf Club, and Torquay Central Farmers Market. Surf World Museum and Torquay Visitor Information Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Bells Estate Great Ocean Road Cottages NT$3,615
        Bells Estate Great Ocean Road Cottages

        Bells Estate Great Ocean Road Cottages

        545 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae, VIC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Surf Coast, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bellbrae Estate Winery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bell's Beach and Torquay Golf Club. Front Beach and Point Addis Marine National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Bellbrae Motel NT$1,850
          Bellbrae Motel

          Bellbrae Motel

          20 School Road, Bellbrae, VIC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Surf Coast, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bellbrae Estate Winery and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Torquay Golf Club. Surf World Museum and Bell's Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Torquay Holiday Park NT$2,152
            Torquay Holiday Park

            Torquay Holiday Park

            55 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, VIC
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Torquay campground is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Surf World Museum, Torquay Central Farmers Market, and Torquay Visitor Information Centre. Front Beach and Torquay Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Bellbrae Country Club Surf Coast
              Bellbrae Country Club Surf Coast

              Bellbrae Country Club Surf Coast

              10 Woodacres Road, Bellbrae, VIC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Surf Coast, this spa apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Bellbrae Estate Winery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bell's Beach and Torquay Golf Club. Point Addis Marine National Park and Front Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                7 Bell Street Apartments
                7 Bell Street Apartments

                7 Bell Street Apartments

                7 Bell Street, Torquay, VIC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Torquay Central Farmers Market, and Torquay Golf Club. Surf World Museum and Torquay Visitor Information Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).