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Surfing

With over 1,800 kilometres of coastline, much of which fronts the open ocean, Victoria is an ideal location for surfing.

Although the area along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Anglesea and Lorne is known as the Surf Coast, there are also excellent surf conditions available along most of the Great Ocean Road beaches including Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Warrnambool. Good surf can also be found further west at Port Fairy and Portland.

Closer to Melbourne, popular surf locations are on the ocean side of the Mornington Peninsula between Portsea and Gunnamatta Beach near Cape Schanck. At Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai provides great conditions for experienced surfers.

In Gippsland, areas around Wilsons Promontory provide good conditions. Experienced surfers can also try out Wonthaggi (including Cape Paterson), Inverloch, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay. In the far east, suitable areas include Lakes Entrance, Red Bluff at Lake Tyers Beach, West Cape Beach at Cape Conran, and Bastion Point at Mallacoota.

Rip Curl Pro

While surfers can be seen at many beaches along the coast of Victoria, the place to go to see the best in the world is Bells Beach, near Torquay. Each year around Easter, top surfers from around the globe compete in the Rip Curl Pro event at Bells - regarded as one of the best surf beaches in Australia.

The Rip Curl Pro is one of the legs of the World Surf League (WSL) World Tour - a series of events in which surfers vie for points to determine the annual world champion. The Rip Curl Pro has been running since 1973 and is considered to be the top pro surfing competition in Australia. It is also the longest running professional surfing contest in the world.

Surf lessons

Many of Victoria's surfing regions have surf schools or clubs, giving beginners the opportunity to learn under the watchful eye of experienced surfers, and those who are able to surf the chance to further develop their skills. Some instructors that offer surf lessons also hire out surf and beach gear.