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