Torquay is a coastal town in Victoria, towards the eastern end of the famous Great Ocean Road. Many people head for Torquay holiday villas for the surfing – it’s one of the best-known surfing spots in the country.
Torquay self-catering accommodation is set in a town synonymous with the sport of surfing, Such is its importance that a number of the world’s most renowned surf brands are headquartered right here, among the Quiksilver and Rip Curl. The Surf Coast Plaza is a shopping and entertainment destination boasting numerous stores, an even a museum devoted to the history and culture of surfing – Surfworld Museum.
Key surf beaches found within easy reach of Torquay holiday accommodation are Bells Beach and Jan Juc. The former is considered one of the top beaches for the sport in the world. It’s home to the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, which dates back to 1961, making it the longest-running event of its kind in the world. Jan Juc is also a popular spot for surfing, and is in a scenic location, backed by cliffs, separated in the middle by a creek.
If you’re a golfer visiting a holiday villa in Torquay, you’ll find Peppers the Sands Resort a short drive away. It’s home to a championship, 18-hole course, complemented by practice greens and a driving range. The countryside inland from Torquay is beautiful, and covered in parts by vineyards. There are a number of wineries minutes by car, including Pettavel, Bellbrae, Wolseley and Brown Magpie, each offering a slightly different experience, and usually accompanied by excellent restaurants.
The city of Melbourne is just over an hour from Torquay self-catering villas, and offers a wealth of culture, history and shopping. In the Southside area you’ll find cultural attractions like the Victorian Arts Centre, while the Melbourne Museum in Carlton outlines the history and evolution of the city. Alternatively you could see more of the scenic Great Ocean Road, which heads west towards South Australia.
Torquay holiday rentals are set in a region that gets a moderate climate, known for its relative changeability. There are warm summers, when temperatures usually reach the low-30s in January and February. The period from May to October is usually mild, with some moderately warm days at this time of year. There’s a risk of rain at any time of year.
Torquay self-catering holiday villas are found on the coast just over an hour to the south of Melbourne Airport (MEL), which can be reached from the UK by flying with Qantas from London-Heathrow (LHR).