TORQUAY, VIC

An easy day trip for Mel­bur­ni­ans and a perf week­end away for outof-town­ers, De­nis Todor­ovic rec­om­mends chilled-out Torquay

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Lo­cated just out of Gee­long, the Torquay/Bells Beach area is perf for a chilled beach week­end away. The beach it­self has some pretty amaz­ing surf and is close to many awe­some places to eat, drink and shop. Vic­to­ria isn’t su­per warm for a great chunk of the year, so you re­ally want to head there be­tween De­cem­ber and March.

The best thing about vis­it­ing Torquay is that you’re lit­er­ally at the en­try­way to the Great Ocean Road, a trip that, from Torquay up to Apollo Bay, can eas­ily span a whole week­end of ex­plor­ing killer beaches and cute AF lit­tle beach towns. You’re also a 20minute drive from the wa­ter­front city of Gee­long and about an hour from Mel­bourne.

Stay: Pep­pers The Sands Re­sort (Pep­pers.com.au/sands). In the heart of Torquay, Pep­pers is a su­per-chic re­sort with a very com­fort­able feel. Think su­per­sized beds and room ser­vice from the ho­tel’s restau­rant, Han­ners – their piz­zas are del­ish, es­pe­cially the chicken! The Sands plays host to one of the best golf cour­ses in Aus­tralia so if you or your man likes a hit of golf, go crazy. They also have a ten­nis court, which is free to use for all guests, and a fun morn­ing ac­tiv­ity for a bit of cou­ple com­pe­ti­tion!

Eat: Señors (Senorstorquay.com.au). The per­fect fu­sion of Mex­i­can and South­ern Amer­i­can diner vibes, Señors is a per­fect beach­side din­ner spot. I or­dered mar­gar­i­tas and fish tacos. Yum!

Drink: Pi­ano Bar (Piano­bar. com.au). I highly rec­om­mend pop­ping into Gee­long (no more than a 20-minute drive from Torquay) and head­ing to new hotspot Pi­ano Bar for a big night of drink­ing and hi­lar­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment. Sun­day night is the town’s very first and only drag night. A guar­an­teed bar­rel of laughs, good mu­sic and killer cock­tails to top it all off!

Ex­pe­ri­ence: One of my favourite mo­ments of the trip was making my way to Aireys In­let (just af­ter the en­trance to The Great Ocean Road) for a visit to the fa­mous Round the Twist light­house. Make your way there for sun­set and take in the sweep­ing views of the beau­ti­ful coast, this gor­geous light­house and a fun trip down mem­ory lane – I very cheesily sang the theme song the whole way down!

Af­ter en­joy­ing the views from the Great Ocean Road, head to Gee­long’s Pi­ano Bar (be­low).

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