The reason I wanted to stay in Torquay for a week was half logistical, half dream. Firstly was the draw of cheap accommodation, second was the dream to become a world class surfer in 7-days at Bells Beach. Oh, and I wanted to drive the Great Ocean Road. If the weather was better I still believe I would have accomplished my surfing goal despite only having surfed once (and failing to stand up on the board!)
Regardless of the crappy weather Jocelyn, my partner in Great Ocean Road-tripping crime, set out on what turned out to be a highly eventful day. First stop? Bells Beach.
Bells Beach is home to the longest running and one of the most famous surfing competitions, the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival held over Easter each year, and home to some of the best surf in Victoria, albeit slightly dangerous with the cliffs not far off. Even in the rough weather, the clouds threatening to rain, surfers could still be seen in the water trying to catch a wave or two.
The beaches along the Great Ocean Road especially around Torquay and Anglesea, the next town on, are generally only accessible by large staircases which are fun to get down but tough when climbing back up. As Joc ran ahead wanting to be the first to get to the beach and scrunch her toes in the sand for the first time this summer I decided it was the perfect time to take a photo or two of the beautiful surroundings. If only I could share the smell of the sea air, fresh from the morning chill, with you.
Whilst we didn’t make it to Warrnambool, the town marking the end of the Great Ocean Road, we did get a decent way and we have plenty of stories and photos to share!