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Guidebook for Torquay

Emily

Guidebook for Torquay

Food Scene
Authentic Mexican. No bookings, just turn up. Limited tables indoors, great outside dining on a balmy evening.
7
locals recommend
Olè Torquay
5 Zeally Bay Rd
7
locals recommend
Authentic Mexican. No bookings, just turn up. Limited tables indoors, great outside dining on a balmy evening.
Amazing Cali/Japanese cuisine. Bookings recommended, limited tables. Local's fave.
19
locals recommend
Roku Den
34 Bell St
19
locals recommend
Amazing Cali/Japanese cuisine. Bookings recommended, limited tables. Local's fave.
A fave for locals and becoming increasingly popular with visitors; best coffee, juices, big brekkies, healthy lunch options too. Great decor, vibe and atmosphere. Love Swell!!
30
locals recommend
Swell
15 Princes Terrace
30
locals recommend
A fave for locals and becoming increasingly popular with visitors; best coffee, juices, big brekkies, healthy lunch options too. Great decor, vibe and atmosphere. Love Swell!!
No explanation needed, it's a huge chocolaterie, with all the goodies made here! Enjoy ice cream, chocolate galore, coffee, meals, or tours (bookings essentials). Great enclosed kids playground and grassy area outside.
40
locals recommend
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
1200 Great Ocean Rd
40
locals recommend
No explanation needed, it's a huge chocolaterie, with all the goodies made here! Enjoy ice cream, chocolate galore, coffee, meals, or tours (bookings essentials). Great enclosed kids playground and grassy area outside.
Excellent coffee
Sticks and Stones Cafe
61 Surf Coast Highway
Excellent coffee
Ethically caught, sustainable catch, seasonal fish. Gourmet fish n' chips and salads, overlooking the beach. Spectacular.
33
locals recommend
Fishos Torquay
36 The Esplanade
33
locals recommend
Ethically caught, sustainable catch, seasonal fish. Gourmet fish n' chips and salads, overlooking the beach. Spectacular.
Great pizza and licensed venue, overlooking the ocean.
13
locals recommend
Bomboras Torquay
37 The Esplanade
13
locals recommend
Great pizza and licensed venue, overlooking the ocean.
Best local Italian restaurant! Homemade gelato!
16
locals recommend
Il Matto
15 Bell St
16
locals recommend
Best local Italian restaurant! Homemade gelato!
Classic grillhouse serving hearty portions of grass-fed steaks and ribs, plus surf 'n' turf.
15
locals recommend
Squire's Loft
15 Bell St
15
locals recommend
Classic grillhouse serving hearty portions of grass-fed steaks and ribs, plus surf 'n' turf.
Authentic Thai restaurant, this establishment has been here forever, run by the lovely Sujin herself :). The kids love sitting at the 'sunken tables'.
Sujin Thai Torquay
45 Geelong Rd
Authentic Thai restaurant, this establishment has been here forever, run by the lovely Sujin herself :). The kids love sitting at the 'sunken tables'.
Local favourite. Love the Lamb pizza!!
16
locals recommend
The Cave Wood Fired Pizza
20 Princes Terrace
16
locals recommend
Local favourite. Love the Lamb pizza!!
Located just opposite our place, all are welcome to enjoy meals, drinks, or a coffee at Hanners. Enjoy bar snacks or a full menu, and they serve buffet breakfast for $18pp. Great beer garden with amazing golf course views.
Hanners Restaurant
2 Sands Boulevarde
Located just opposite our place, all are welcome to enjoy meals, drinks, or a coffee at Hanners. Enjoy bar snacks or a full menu, and they serve buffet breakfast for $18pp. Great beer garden with amazing golf course views.
Take away fish n' chips. Yum!
8
locals recommend
Flippin Fresh
33 Geelong Rd
8
locals recommend
Take away fish n' chips. Yum!
Overlooks the breathtaking magnificence of Torquay beach and serves meals plus has a bar serving craft beer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
22
locals recommend
Frontbeach Taphouse & Restaurant
16 The Esplanade
22
locals recommend
Overlooks the breathtaking magnificence of Torquay beach and serves meals plus has a bar serving craft beer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
A local favourite for eating and drinking, locals and tourists love it! The ocean view is incredible and there's a play area for the kids with sandpit and chalkboard.
29
locals recommend
Growlers
23 The Esplanade
29
locals recommend
A local favourite for eating and drinking, locals and tourists love it! The ocean view is incredible and there's a play area for the kids with sandpit and chalkboard.
Stylish and elegant, with spectacular golf course views, relaxed dining and high quality food. Enjoy a meal or come and have drink in the lounge area (great in winter, with cosy open fire places).
Number One Restaurant
1 Great Ocean Rd
Stylish and elegant, with spectacular golf course views, relaxed dining and high quality food. Enjoy a meal or come and have drink in the lounge area (great in winter, with cosy open fire places).
Baked daily on site, they serve pies, sausage rolls, quiche, pasties, cakes, slices and more.
Surfside Patisserie
9 Gilbert St
Baked daily on site, they serve pies, sausage rolls, quiche, pasties, cakes, slices and more.
Healthier, tastier pizza.
Sugo Gourmet Pizza Bar
22 Pearl St
Healthier, tastier pizza.
Torquay Fish & Chips Shop
34 Gilbert St
Delicious old style pizzas.
Torquay Waves Restaurant
24 Bell St
Delicious old style pizzas.
Family friendly bistro with an indoor kids playroom. Public bar with bar meals. Local fave. Famous 'Parmageddon' parma's on Wed nights.
19
locals recommend
The Beach Hotel
9 Stuart Ave
19
locals recommend
Family friendly bistro with an indoor kids playroom. Public bar with bar meals. Local fave. Famous 'Parmageddon' parma's on Wed nights.
Authentic, delicious, a local favourite.
6
locals recommend
Jashn - Torquay
38 Bell St
6
locals recommend
Authentic, delicious, a local favourite.
Farm cafe with sustainable, closed loop practices.
The Farmer’s Place
675 Anglesea Rd
Farm cafe with sustainable, closed loop practices.
Drinks & Nightlife
Local's eat and drink here - get some share plates and enjoy cocktails, beers and wine.
18
locals recommend
SEÑORS
17 The Esplanade
18
locals recommend
Local's eat and drink here - get some share plates and enjoy cocktails, beers and wine.
Good for family meals in the bistro (indoor kids playground). Live music in the bar in peak season.
18
locals recommend
Torquay Hotel Motel
36 Bell St
18
locals recommend
Good for family meals in the bistro (indoor kids playground). Live music in the bar in peak season.
Great atmosphere, good specials, open fire in winter, beer garden in summer.
16
locals recommend
Blackman's Brewery Bar and Restaurant
26 Bell St
16
locals recommend
Great atmosphere, good specials, open fire in winter, beer garden in summer.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ocean views. Beach chic atmosphere. Delicious food, extensive wine list, exclusive cocktails.
6
locals recommend
Whytes on the Esplanade
40 The Esplanade
6
locals recommend
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ocean views. Beach chic atmosphere. Delicious food, extensive wine list, exclusive cocktails.
Sightseeing
Winkpop is the name of the right hand reef break that you will see as you arrive in the Bells Beach Surfing Reserve. Park your car and walk down to the lookout for the best vantage point of both fantastic waves. Keep your eyes open for the 'locals', as we often see native echidna's in the scrubby vegetation. Out at sea you might catch a glimpse of whales migrating past our coast during winter.
Winkipop
90 Bells Beach Rd
Winkpop is the name of the right hand reef break that you will see as you arrive in the Bells Beach Surfing Reserve. Park your car and walk down to the lookout for the best vantage point of both fantastic waves. Keep your eyes open for the 'locals', as we often see native echidna's in the scrubby vegetation. Out at sea you might catch a glimpse of whales migrating past our coast during winter.
Birds eye view of the Great Ocean Road!
8
locals recommend
Tiger Moth World Adventure Flights
325 Blackgate Rd
8
locals recommend
Birds eye view of the Great Ocean Road!
Freefall from 15,000 feet!
Skydive Great Ocean Road
1421 Barwon Heads Rd
Freefall from 15,000 feet!
Parks & Nature
Park your car at any of the coastal carparks in nearby Jan Juc, and walk along the clifftop track to Bells Beach and Winkipop. It's about an hour return when walking briskly, with breathtaking scenery. Or, drive there to visit this iconic place. World famous surfing location, and one of the world's only Surfing Reserves. Home of the world's oldest and longest running World Championship Tour Surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro - held every Easter. Visit any day of the year and you will be awed by the breathtaking scenery of this natural amphitheatre, with surfers carving up the waves in any conditions.
76
locals recommend
Bells Beach
76
locals recommend
Park your car at any of the coastal carparks in nearby Jan Juc, and walk along the clifftop track to Bells Beach and Winkipop. It's about an hour return when walking briskly, with breathtaking scenery. Or, drive there to visit this iconic place. World famous surfing location, and one of the world's only Surfing Reserves. Home of the world's oldest and longest running World Championship Tour Surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro - held every Easter. Visit any day of the year and you will be awed by the breathtaking scenery of this natural amphitheatre, with surfers carving up the waves in any conditions.
Go for a drive to the Anglesea Golf Course and spot the Kangaroos basking in the sun! Free fun!
22
locals recommend
Anglesea Golf Club
1 Golf Links Rd
22
locals recommend
Go for a drive to the Anglesea Golf Course and spot the Kangaroos basking in the sun! Free fun!
Stroll, jog or bike ride along the ochre clifftops. Varying grades available along this 44km walking track.
Surf Coast Walk
Stroll, jog or bike ride along the ochre clifftops. Varying grades available along this 44km walking track.
Arts & Culture
The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing. It has an extraordinary collection of surfcraft, important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.
30
locals recommend
Australian National Surfing Museum
77 Beach Rd
30
locals recommend
The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing. It has an extraordinary collection of surfcraft, important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.
Shopping
Get some surfwear bargains at the Surf Factory Outlet stores in Baines Crescent. Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Roxy can all be found here.
Surf Factory Outlet
16 Baines Cres
Get some surfwear bargains at the Surf Factory Outlet stores in Baines Crescent. Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Roxy can all be found here.
Iconic Australian surf brand, this store is home to Rip Curl and you can buy all your surf gear here.
12
locals recommend
Rip Curl Torquay
101 Surf Coast Hwy
12
locals recommend
Iconic Australian surf brand, this store is home to Rip Curl and you can buy all your surf gear here.
Famous surfwear giant Quiksilver and Roxy have a massive store here, with Bar 61 upstairs for food, drink and live music on occasion.
10
locals recommend
Boardriders Torquay
10
locals recommend
Famous surfwear giant Quiksilver and Roxy have a massive store here, with Bar 61 upstairs for food, drink and live music on occasion.
Beautiful unique plants, succulents, cacti, woven baskets and pots. Heavenly, a local fave!!!
Arizona Living
12 Princes Terrace
Beautiful unique plants, succulents, cacti, woven baskets and pots. Heavenly, a local fave!!!
Handcrafted hand shaped longboards and twin fins. Call in for a look at the boards and have a coffee and meal at in-house cafe, Monkey's Uncle. Local hang out and favourite!
Southcoast Longboards PTY Ltd.
1 Baines Cres
Handcrafted hand shaped longboards and twin fins. Call in for a look at the boards and have a coffee and meal at in-house cafe, Monkey's Uncle. Local hang out and favourite!
8
locals recommend
Ryans IGA Torquay
9 Gilbert Street
8
locals recommend
Every Saturday morning at the Shire office carpark.
14
locals recommend
Torquay Farmers Market -
14
locals recommend
Every Saturday morning at the Shire office carpark.
Essentials
Certified organic bulk food, natural & organic grocery items, books, gifts, vitamins and supplements, protein powders, superfoods and more. Cafe serves amazing food and drinks. Outside is a play area that's great for kids, while you enjoy a chai or fresh juice.
17
locals recommend
Surfcoast Wholefoods
41 Bristol Road
17
locals recommend
Certified organic bulk food, natural & organic grocery items, books, gifts, vitamins and supplements, protein powders, superfoods and more. Cafe serves amazing food and drinks. Outside is a play area that's great for kids, while you enjoy a chai or fresh juice.
9
locals recommend
Woolworths Torquay
9
locals recommend
9
locals recommend
Coles Torquay
41 Bristol Rd
9
locals recommend
Very new, this is the closest shopping centre to our property. There is a bakery, bottle shop, cafe, discount pharmacy and other specialty stores in this strip too.
6
locals recommend
Woolworths Torquay North
222 Fischer St
6
locals recommend
Very new, this is the closest shopping centre to our property. There is a bakery, bottle shop, cafe, discount pharmacy and other specialty stores in this strip too.
Extensive wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits, excellent knowledge, service and prices.
8
locals recommend
Corks Crew Cellars
5 Bristol Road
8
locals recommend
Extensive wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits, excellent knowledge, service and prices.
Beauty services, facials and massage.
endota spa Torquay
41 Bristol Rd
Beauty services, facials and massage.
Luxurious treatments, facials, massage, and group options including Hamman bathing facility.
One Spa at RACV Torquay Resort
1 Great Ocean Rd
Luxurious treatments, facials, massage, and group options including Hamman bathing facility.
Overlooking rolling hills and ocean waters.
7
locals recommend
Saltair Day Spa
50 Ashmore Rd
7
locals recommend
Overlooking rolling hills and ocean waters.