About Torquay


Torquay is the largest town in the Surf Coast Shire and marks the beginning of the gazette Great Ocean Road. Torquay is the Eastern coastal gateway to the Great Ocean Road region and is characterised by the surf culture with iconic Bells Beach located nearby and the birthplace of worldrenowned surf brands such as Quicksilver and Rip Curl. 

Torquay’s population has grown significantly in recent year with over 19,000 residents living in Torquay and nearby Jan Juc. It is a 30 minute drive from central Geelong and home to a growing business sector and community amenity. 

The peak local tourism body representing the visitor economy in Torquay is Commerce Torquay, who have a commercial destination partnership with Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism.


The Torquay Brand


Torquay is a story of saltwater wellness. Salty air, sandy hair, the thrill of answering the call of the ocean. It’s about reconnection, reinvigoration and rediscovering the quintessential Australian surf culture. 

We’re a place where people work in the day but surf at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s where you let your hair down and let nature have its way. It’s where you create your own way to live. It’s where our surf will lead you astray. 

We don’t live to work, we work to live.


Destination Partnership


A commercial destination partnership is in place between Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism and Commerce Torquay. 20% of investment from Torquay businesses in the Great ce official marketing program is made available for Commerce Torquay to spend on local visitor economy objectives. 


Strategic Priorities


  • Destination marketing.


  • Enhance the visitor experience of the town.


  • Develop product and services to match visitor demand and to improve seasonality dispersal.


  • Develop a seamless visitor service excellence culture, capacity and capability.


  • Promote the value of the visitor economy to the community.


  • Minimise the impact of mass visitor growth.


  • Strengthen local tourism leadership and collaboration.


Reference: Torquay Destination Action Plan 2015  2017 

Destination Action Plan

Destination Website

Torquay Destination Website

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Preferred Partner Program

Bronze Partnership

Maximise your exposure on a state, regional and local level with profiles on three (3) key official tourism websites – your local destination site.

Silver Partnership

Enhance your profile on your local destination website under ‘Where to Stay’, ‘What to Do’ or ‘Eat & Drink’ with a featured listing that puts your business at the top of the page in a premium position. (Limited to 6 advertisers per business type)

Gold Partnership

Promote your business on the region’s official tourism website - with a profile listing and opportunity to display a brochure in your local Visitor Information Centre.

General Manager, Liz Price

We need to encourage visitors to see the breadth and depth of what we have to offer, to encourage them to stay longer, travel further, spend more money and to come back again and again.

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