Victoria’s almost 2,000-kilometer stretch of coastline is peppered with spectacular surf beaches. From Melbourne toward the east, you have Gippsland and Phillip Island. To the south are Mornington Peninsula (southeast) and Bellarine Peninsula (southwest). Toward the west, on the Great Ocean Road.
In Gippsland, visit Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. Catch the waves on the island’s highest point against a pink granite backdrop. The island has been recently recognized and named a National Surfing Reserve. The rough surf of Woolamai will test your mettle on the surfboard.
Since, you’re on the island, much as well drop by Smiths Beach. Smiths Beach is an ideal jump-off for beginner surfers.
While at Gippsland, you can also visit a seaside village of Cape Paterson and head straight to the Oaks. There’s a surf beach hidden in a rock opening with a width of 250 meters. Or travel to Kilcunda Beach along the Bass Coast. Throw yourself into the rough surf with your surfboard with the sand dunes at the backdrop.
On Mornington Peninsula, visit Gunnamatta Beach. It offers one of the best surf breaks along the 30-kilometre stretch from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean. The waves are amazingly consistent. For beginners, the sheltered beach with gentle waves of Point Leo is the best.
From Melbourne, head southwest to Bellarine Peninsula and you will reach Thirteenth Beach. It is located along the 7-kilometre stretch from Barwon Heads to Black Rock. With low to moderate swells and many beach breaks, it is also the closest surf beach to Geelong City.
Also on Bellarine Peninsula is Raffs Beach on the mouth of Barwon River stretching to Ocean Grove.
The Great Ocean Road’s shorelines are dotted with surfing sites from Torquay in the east to Warrnambool in the west.
Bells Beach on the surf town of Torquay remains the best in all Australia. It is one of the world’s most popular surfing destinations. Bells Beach is a cultural icon symbolizing the liveliness of Australian surfing scene. Rip Curl Pro is an annual event that attracts the biggest names in the surfing world.
For experienced and pro surfers, Bells Beach is a must-visit.
Along the Great Ocean Road is the 6-kilometre long Fairhaven Beach. Surf on its rough waves against the backdrop of the Otways. But for beginner surfers, head to the surf beaches of Lorne or Anglesea where the waves are milder.
For a more picturesque backdrop and challenging surfs try the surf spot in Gibson Steps. Brave the 2.5-meter high and up to 300-meter long waves with the iconic 12 Apostles on the background.
To start your adventure to Victoria’s surf beaches, Wildlife Tours Australia facilitates tours to Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, and the Great Ocean Road. Our tours are designed to let you have a unique experience of Victoria’s pristine beaches and other scenic spots.
We bring you to Phillip Island’s Woolamai Surf Beach and to the rugged surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road.
By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.