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Cheap Accommodation in Torquay

Are you itching to check out Victoria's Great Ocean Road? Don't miss out on staying in one of our Torquay hotels, in the state's premier beachside town. History Torquay wasn't settled by Europeans until the late 1800s and was called Spring Creek until 1892, when it was finally named Torquay, after a beach resort in England. Then in 1946, the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was established and it remains, to this day, the oldest and largest surf lifesaving club in Australia. After that, a big surf tournament was held over the Easter holidays in 1961, giving birth to what is now considered one of the world's best surf comps. For this reason, Torquay is known as the "surfing capital of Victoria" and is an awesome destie for beach bums. Things to do If you're here over the Easter long weekend, don't miss the Rip Curl Pro surf tournament at Bells Beach. Even if you can't make it for the event, a day at Bells is well worth it. The waves here are definitely for intermediate to advanced surfers, so don't go tackling them if you're only a beginner – you're better off just watching the pros do their thing. If you are just learning how to surf, Jan Juc Beach is a good spot to practice and Torquay Beach is perfect for an afternoon of swimming. If you're an avid walker, you'll love the Surf Coast Walk, which is really scenic. Along the way, you'll come across the Point Danger Marine Sanctuary, where you can strap on a mask and go snorkelling. Don't worry, it's not actually as dangerous as its name suggests; in fact, it's not dangerous at all really. Of course a trip to Torquay wouldn't be complete without popping by the Surfworld Museum. Here, you can check out the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, watch some gnarly surf vids and learn all about the history of Australia's surf industry. Shopping and dining You've never seen a shopping centre like Surf City Plaza. The entire complex is devoted to surfing and you'll find everything here from surfboard wax to board shorts, so make sure you check it out. However, if you're on a budget and just need something cheap to wear to the beach, head to Baines Court, where you'll find factory seconds at dirt cheap prices. The Esplanade is the place to be at meal time. There are countless cafes and restaurants all offering delicious grub and splendid waterfront views. But if you're after some fresh local produce and gourmet goodies, don't miss the Torquay Farmers' Market, on every Saturday morning. Getting here and around Torquay is 35km from Avalon Airport and about 100km from Tullamarine Airport, so check out these cheap flights to Melbourne and then get around by bus or hire car. So what are you waiting for? Book your Torquay accommodation with us now and live every lastminute! >

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