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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.

Major surf events

  • Rip Curl Pro

    March / April. The Rip Curl Pro is one of the legs of the World Surf League (WSL) World Tour - a series of events in which surfers compete to determine the annual world champion. The Rip Curl Pro has been running since 1973 and is the top pro surfing competition in Australia. It is held south of Torquay at Bells Beach, which is regarded as one of the best surf beaches in Australia. (Torquay)

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.

  • Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak

    Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak Go

    Offering surf lessons, hire of surf & beach gear and mountain bike hire. Alternatively, take a seal kayaking tour with qualified guides as you paddle out to a seal colony while viewing the coast's beautiful hills and reefs from the ocean at Apollo Bay.

  • Daktari Surf & Dive

    Daktari Surf & Dive Go

    Experience the thrill of surfing a wave with surfing classes held at Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland. Group or private lessons available with highly regarded instructors.

  • Go Ride A Wave

    Go Ride A Wave Go

    Offering surf lessons and hire of surfboards, body boards, kayaks and beach gear for visitors to the beaches of Lorne, Anglesea, Torquay and Ocean Grove

  • Go Surf

    Go Surf Go

    For an authentic surfing experience you will never forget, join Go Surf for fun and safe coaching for all ages and skill levels. Learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding at Port Fairy, Warrnambool or Cape Bridgewater near Portland. Go Surf also hires equipment for beachgoers including surfboards, bodyboards, paddle boards and wet suits.

  • Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

    Great Ocean Road Surf Tours Go

    Based in Torquay, we offer learn to surf tours and camps from 2 hour lessons to 5 full days of surfing, with pick ups available in Melbourne and Torquay. Our tours are very personalised and we guarantee small groups. Our lessons and tours are conducted around Torquay, Anglesea and Fairhaven along the world famous Great Ocean Road. We also offer surf hire from our shop at Torquay.

  • Island Surf School

    Island Surf School Go

    Learn to surf in a safe and encouraging environment with real surfers that have real passion. Lessons held at Smiths Beach on Phillip Island.

  • Offshore Surf School

    Offshore Surf School Go

    Helping people enjoy the wonder of surfing with professional lessons at either Cape Paterson, Inverloch, Sandy Point, Waratah Bay and Wilsons Promontory.

  • Out There Outdoors

    Out There Outdoors Go

    Hire a kayak, mountain bike, surf board, body board, snorkelling equipment, or take a surf or kayak lesson on Phillip Island. For anything fun outdoors!

  • SeaEarth Adventures

    SeaEarth Adventures Go

    SeaEarth Adventures are based on the Great Ocean Road and offer a range of exciting group and private sessions. Get wet with a surf lesson available at Torquay, Anglesea and Ocean Grove. You can shred the trails mountain biking on the Surf Coast, You Yangs or Forrest. We also offer surf a river kayaking from the Barwon river to Torquay and Anglesea. If you're keen to hang out we offer rock-climbing sessions in the You Yangs, Werribee Gorge and the Grampians. What adventures has your name on it?

  • Southern Exposure

    Southern Exposure Go

    Offering specialist learn to surf instruction, sea/river kayaking and mountain biking in areas around Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne

  • Surf Sessions

    Surf Sessions Go

    The surfing development experts with instructional programs aimed at beginners, intermediate or advanced surfers. Lessons held at Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.

  • Surf Shack

    Surf Shack Go

    Learn to surf with lessons from the professionals on the beautiful Wilderness Coast at either Lakes Entrance, Cape Conran (near Marlo) or Mallacoota. Everything is supplied including boards and wetsuits.

  • Torquay Surfing Academy

    Torquay Surfing Academy Go

    Experience the thrill of learning to surf and riding a wave with real surfers teaching real surfing at Torquay