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Surfing

Catch the perfect break in Victoria, home to some of Australia's best surf spots.  Take your board to famous Bells Beach, home of the annual Rip Curl Pro, find brag-worthy beach breaks at Cape Woolamai, part of Victoria's first National Surfing Reserve, and feel the pull of powerful tides along the Gippsland coast.

With wild ocean beaches for seasoned pros and gentle swells at protected beaches for beginners, Victoria has a break for you and your board.  

History, gear and learning to surf

Start your surfing journey at Victoria's surf HQ: Torquay, home to Bells Beach and birthplace of iconic surfwear brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Find boards and boardies galore, and school up on surf history at Surfworld Museum.

For surfing lessons, you'll find surf schools a-plenty around Torquay, Anglesea, Fairhaven and Lorne and ideal conditions for learning. Further along the Great Ocean Road, try lessons at Cape Bridgewater and East Beach, Port Fairy.

On Phillip Island, surf schools and surf-gear hire shops are bountiful, and consistent waves make Smiths Beach and Beachcomber Beach popular with beginners.  

Near Geelong and on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula offers gentle conditions for learners, as does the Mornington Peninsula. 

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Got the hang of it? Swell, grab your wetsuit, load up the wagon and find the break you need.

Great Ocean Road

Start with the home of the Rip Curl Pro,  Bells Beach is a must. From here, explore the reef breaks and rocky shorelines from Jan Juc and Cathedral Rock to the beaches between Lorne and Apollo Bay.  Discover the wild western surf areas past Cape Otway all the way through to Port Campbell, Portland and Cape Bridgewater. Seasoned surfers, don't miss Johanna Beach: a back-up venue for the Rip Curl Pro, it's one of the state's best.

Phillip Island

Declared a National Surfing Reserve in recognition of its quality breaks and pristine environment, Phillip Island offers four sites along its coast: Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay and Cape Woolamai – considered one of the best beach breaks in the country.

Gippsland

In Gippsland, powerful tides entice surfers to Venus Bay throughout the year, and experienced surfers tackle the rough Pearl Point Cape in Cape Conran Coastal Park. If you're more Johnny Utah than Bhodi, stick to Sandy Point, the Inverloch surf beach and the sheltered Bastion Point at Mallacoota. 

Bellarine Peninsula

On the Bellarine Peninsula, find strong, steady waves for intermediate surfers at Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and 13th Beach at Barwon Heads.

Mornington Peninsula

Head around to the ocean side of the Mornington Peninsula to find a beach to suit your experience, from the gentler Sorrento waters to the sometimes fierce waves off Gunnamatta. For consistent breaks try the ocean beaches at Point Leo, Flinders, Portsea and Sorrento.

Windsurfing

Windsurfers, in Melbourne find your brethren at Elwood and Middle Park beaches. In Gippsland, put some wind in your sails at renowned windsurfing spots Sandy Point and Shallow Inlet.  

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Mornington Peninsula

Celebrate Mornington Peninsula's spectacular beaches by hitting the surf, either on your own if you know the waves well, or with an instructor.

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Phillip Island

Phillip Island is a surfing playground boasting sheltered bays for beginners, powerful reef breaks, and one of the best surf beaches in the country.

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Great Ocean Road

Surf the west coast of Victoria at beaches in the Great Ocean Road region from the famed breaks of Bells Beach to the wild waves beyond Discovery Bay.

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