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Travel – Australia – Torquay – Part 1

Torquay is a township in Victoria in Australia.

Overview of Torquay

• It faces Bass Strait.
• It is about 21 km. south of Geelong.
• It is also the gateway for the Great Ocean Road.
• It can be bordered on the west by Spring Creek.
• The coastal features include Point Danger and Zeally Bay.

History of Torquay

• Wathaurong Aborigines occupied the area before white settlement in the 1860s.
• The area was settled as Spring Creek in 1871.
• It follows watercourse down the south-western edge.
• In 1880, more settlers moved to the town.
• It was renamed Torquay in 1892 following seaside town in England.
• The post office was opened on 20 August 1894.
• On 3 April 1908, the Spring Creek Bridge was built.
• This connects this location to Anglesea.
• Joseph H. Scammell sailing ship hit the reef in 1891.
• It hit near Point Danger in Torquay.
• It subsequently became wedged on the reef.
• Consequently, the ship left each other from the heavy seas.
• The cargo in the Scammell was washed onto the Torquay beach.
• It was looted.
• The anchors in the Scammell are still on display.
• They are exhibited at the Torquay front beach and also the Torquay boat ramp.
• In 1900, a primary school was opened.
• This school was housed in the newly built Presbyterian Church.
• It later moved to the recreation hall in 1901.
• An enduring school building was not opened until 1910.
• A Bowling Green tennis courts and also a golf course were opened through the 1920s.
• This town once had 145 bathing boxes around the main beach.
• In 1946 the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was formed.
• It opened their current club rooms in 1971 as soon as the previous one burnt down.
• Today it’s the oldest and largest club in Victoria.
• Recently this town has experienced increased development.
• The ‘old town’ between highway and the beach is fully developed.
• The new estates opened up from the 1980s in the north of the town.
• The Sands club and residential development commenced construction on the site on the former Torquay Tip.
• This was towards North West to the town, opening in 2004.

Attractions of Torquay

• The Torquay area is famous for its surf beaches.
• Jan Juc plus the world famous Bells Beach are found on the town’s south-west outskirts.
• This place used to host favorite Offshore Festival which used to take place in the late 1990s.
• Most of the world’s most well-known surf companies have their residence in Torquay.
This includes:
– Rip Curl
– Piping Hot and Quiksilver
It makes-up section of the Surf Coast Plaza that offers:
– Shopping
– Eating
– The Surf World Museum
• Torquay town also hosts end of year Schoolies week celebrations.
• This is in joint with Lorne.
• This is Victoria’s most active Schoolies destination.

• A nearby skate park has developed into minor celebrity hot spot.
• In October 2007, the modern Torquay Police headquarters opened on the corner in the Surfcoast highway and Central Avenue.

Areas of Torquay

Ocean Views
• The region got its start from 2000 when the first homes were built.
• It had been originally a sheep and cattle grazing and farmland.
• It was called Hard Man’s land because of its rocky and hilly landscape.
• It is now primarily residential, backing onto Spring Creek.
• It provides a football oval plus a driver backing into it.
The location has a:
– V-line bus stop, the bus running to Warrnambool or to Geelong
– Local post office box
– Spring Creek Play Park.
Ocean Views has been discussed like a potential venue for the new BMX Park.

Wombah Park
• Wombah Park influences north east of Torquay.
• It houses about 1000 residents.
• It has a tennis court, whites beach, bowls club.

Best time to visit/climate

• Victoria has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 metres above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

Torquay is at the other end of the Great Ocean Road and:
• 97 km south of Melbourne
• 22 km south of Geelong
• 253 km east of Warrnambool
• Most visitors begin their journey from Melbourne.
• This is about 95 kms away from Torquay.
• One can also fly into Avalon Airport which is located near Geelong instead of Melbourne’s main airport.
• This is nearer to the road.
• Car hire available here.
• Jetstar and Tiger Airways offer regular flight services from here.
• There are V/Line buses that are operated from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.
• They go up to Apollo Bay 3 times in a day from Monday to Friday and 2 times on Saturday to Sunday.
• There is a bus from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool every Friday.
• There are also V/Line trains to Warrnambool regularly.
• They travel inland.

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at hotels.com
Hotels at tourismvictoria.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about Torquay

blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs at visitmelbourne.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

Images and photos about Torquay

images at tripadvisor.com
images at visitmelbourne.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at google.com

Videos about Torquay

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