Bells Beach, Fairhaven, Johanna, Wye River, Jac Juc, Point Addis, Castle Cove, Discovery Bay, Lorne, Portsea… these are only some of the surf spots along the coasts of the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives.
Surf spots dotted the coasts throughout the stretch of south-west Victoria’s shoreline. From the famous Bells Beach in Torquay to Granny’s reef break near Point Richie in Warrnambool and the Black Nose Point in Portland at the other end.
Its raging surfs with waves averaging over a meter high up to more than 5 meters in autumn and winter make the Great Ocean Road Victoria’s surfing haven and a must visit for travelling surfers.
Bells Beach in the surf town of Torquay is the main site and the iconic face of Australian surfing. It is home to the country’s oldest professional surf competition, the Rip Curl Pro. Australian and foreign surfers flock to Bells Beach every Easter for the competition.
Point breaks during the autumn and winter periods are consistent with powerful waves reaching up to 5 meters or more high. As the Southern Ocean swells the deep waters create large waves and rough surf ideal for pro surfers.
For beginner surfers, the picturesque seaside towns of Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay would be the best places to start. You can have fun in the surfs by taking some surfing lessons from pros and try to create carvings on the waves.
Ranging from 1.3 to 2 meters, Apollo Bay’s surfs are safer and more secure from the stormy waves in the open seas, which are perfect for beginners. Also, there are left-hand and right-hand waves you could enjoy with your surfboard.
Next to the iconic 12 Apostles is the surf spot in Gibson Steps off Port Campbell with waves 2.5 meters high and up to 300 meters in length on northerlies. The surf spot of Gibson Steps is one of the most beautiful in all of Australia.
Close to Cape Otway on Great Ocean Road is Johanna beach, the site of 1970’s World Surfing Championships. Surfers around the world gathered in Johanna Beach for its left and right breaks with fast and powerful waves consistently averages over 1.5 meters high.
You could also try some tricks on the surf by the Warrnambool Surf Club. The waves here are not that strong, but sometimes the surfs would reach the average high of between 1.3 to over 1.5 meters. Nevertheless, the place remains a perfect haven for less experienced surfers.
It’s a perfect time to hit the beach with your surfboard at the shores of the Great Ocean Road.