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Travel – Australia – Torquay – Part 2

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.

Areas of Torquay

Frog Hollow
“Frog Hollow” bordered:
– Surf Coast Highway
– Grossmans Rd
– Messmate Rd
– Coombes Rd
• This was the vision of Joe Briody.
• He was a grazier and golfer.
• He purchased the land in 1950 and farmed it.
• This was until he commenced an exclusive sub-division.
• St. Therese’s School is located on Illawong Drive.

The Church Estate
• This was once owned with the Catholic Church.
• It was developed in the 1960s.
• The Church Estate is bounded by:
– Spring Creek Reserve
– Spring Creek
– Torquay Road

Zeally Bay
• Zeally Bay is located east of Torquay.
• The bay and Zeally Point was named after Richard Zeally.
• He was a squatter who lived in the community from 1851 on his property named South Beach.
• Zeally Bay hosts a:
– Yachting club
– An angling club
– Fishermans Beach
– Taylor Park – a public 4-acre park
– Crowne Plaza Torquay
– Zeally Bay Caravan Park

• Address: Surf City Plaza, Beach Rd, Torquay, Victoria 3228
• Phone: 03 5261 4219 | Fax: 03 5261 4756
• Email: torquayvic@surfcoast.vic.gov.au
• Web: visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/torquay/visitor-information

Other places to see along Great Ocean Road

London Arch
• London Arch is an arch that has formed naturally in Port Campbell National Park in Australia.
• The arch is seen along the Great Ocean Road and is a tourist destination.
• It lies near Port Campbell in Victoria.
• This is a stack naturally formed by a gradual process of erosion.

Port Campbell National Park
• This park is near Port Campbell.
• One can also see 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Razorback rock formation.

The Great Ocean Road
• The fantastic Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage.
• It is a listed 243-kilometre stretch of road down the south-eastern coast of Australia.
• It involves the cities of Torquay and Warrnambool of Victoria.
• The path was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932.
• It is considered the world’s largest war memorial.
• It is dedicated and focused on casualties of the First World War.
• It is considered an important tourist attraction in the area.
• It winds through varying terrain alongside the coast.
• It provides access to several prominent landmarks.
• The prominent one is the nationally significant Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.
• The truly great Ocean Road starts at Torquay.
• It extends to about 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool.
• It’s the largest city on the road.

Apollo Bay
• Apollo Bay is a coastal town located in southwestern Victoria in Australia.
• It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway.
• It lies along the edge of the Barham River.
• It falls along the Great Ocean Road.
• This bay also holds Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival every year.

Cape Otway Lighthouse
• It is in operation since 1848.
• It is the oldest light station on mainland Australia.
• It saved the lives of sailors in this treacherous section of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait.
• One can climb to the top and find a view over Spectacular Ocean.
• One can view passing whales and ships.
• Numerous lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway.
• A first submarine cable link was construction in between Cape Otway and Launceston which became the Australian’s first.
• It was built in 1859.
• The Telegraph Station has been meticulously restored.

Otway National Park
• There is a 30 minute loop walk at Mait’s Rest which passes through lovely rain forest.
• Glow worms can be obtained from gullies on night walks.
• This National Park also incorporates a volume of beautiful waterfalls. These include:
– Hopetoun Falls
– Triplet Falls
– Beauchamp Falls

Great Ocean Walk
• In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened.
• It connects 104 km of walking trails.
• This includes the coastline on the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Twelve Apostles
• The Twelve Apostles are somewhat misnamed.
• Tourism officials renamed this rock formation the 12 Apostles from its former name “Sow and Piglets”.
• Since the coastline changed over time as a result of strong waves coming off of the Southern Ocean, the Apostles did not remain 12.
• At the moment seven are visible at a single time from any point.
• Following a collapse of one in 2005, now there are only eight left.
• If in case you include two which are in the east you are able to still scrounge up to 10.

Cape Otway
• Cape Otway is a cape as well as a bounded locality in the Colac Otway Shire in southern Victoria in Australia on the Great Ocean Road.

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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