Surf Coast & Culture

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.

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.  The Torquay and Lorne VIC's are accredited.

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.