"Yeah Bells Beach looks pretty crowded aye? Should we head to the next beach up the coast?"
Written by: Jacques
So you can probably guess from the title that we ended up spending a day hanging out (hahaha no pun intended) at a nude beach. Our actual intention was to see Bells Beach.. which we did but decided to try somewhere quieter. Turns out there was a reason it was so quiet.
It ended up being an incredible day out. The weather was amazing, the people where incredible and the water was refreshing. But.. for those of you that don't want to end up at a nude beach. Let me give you a couple tips on Bells Beach.
Bells Beach is one of the first attractions along the Great Ocean Road and is famous in it's own right. The beach is home to the worlds longest continuously running surf competition. It is now known as the 'Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.' The competition (known as several different names including the Bells Easter Classic) was first held in January 1962.
The beach was considerably hard to access until 1960 when a group of surfers partnered up with olympic wrestler, Joe Sweeney, They hired a bulldozer and cleared a road from Torquay to Bells Beach along the cliff tops. This road is now part of the surf coast walking track.
Where is Bells?
Bells Beach is located just past Torquay. From Melbourne get yourself onto the M1 towards Waurn Ponds. Take the exit C134 towards Torquay/Anglesea/Great Ocean Road. Continue on Anglesea Road to your destination. CLICK HERE for some google maps action.
What else should I check out?
Well you could always go up the coast and check out the local nude beach hahaha. If you are in the mood for a chilled out coastal walk check out Aireys Inlet just up the coast.
Lorne is not far away and boasts a much calmer beach front if waves aren't your thing. Lorne also has some great local hikes and has some cute little coastal cafe's. Oh and wharf jumping!!
Torquay is the largest town in the area and has a beautiful waterfront. I highly rate the sunsets in Torquay.
Just gonna put it out there. You should hire a board or take a surf lesson while you are here. Check out Torquay surfing academy.
There are plenty of toilet and changing facilities nearby. Torquay is just down the road so fuel, food and good coffee are all close by.
Even though we ended up at the wrong spot the day ended up being full of laughter and sporadic games of touch and American football ahahaha such a random combo. It was also amazing to watch all the paragliders sailing along the cliff edges. I think this is definitely something to try next time! What are your thoughts?
If you are planning on heading to Bells Beach consider spending a few days traveling the Great Ocean Road towards the 12 Apostles.
I hope this blog is helpful for your future trip! Let Paulo and I know if we helped or ask us a question in the comments below.
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