LEARN TO SURF MELBOURNE
In 1956 a group of Californian life guards came to Australia as a part of the Melbourne Olympic games. The surfers bought with them a new lightweight surfboard, fondly known as a “Malibu”. The life guards started their tour of the East Coast at Avalon Beach in NSW and worked their way down to Torquay in Victoria. At the time they had no idea that their surf trip with their new boards, was about to change the course of Australian surfing history.
In Torquay you’ll also find the Australian National Surfing Museum, which celebrates the history of Australian surfing. The museum highlights the significant contribution Australia has made to surfing around the world. Boasting both exciting and interesting permanent displays and temporary exhibitions the ANSM, showcases Australia’s rich surfing heritage and famous beach culture.
Some of the our most famous and successful surfers grew up and learnt to surf in Melbourne.
Learn to surf at ANGLESEA
Learn to surf at Anglesea! Anglesea, near Torquay, is a popular tourist town with a few good breaks with some great surf. The main beach is perfect for beginners to get started on, where they can develop their skills. To the south end of the main beach is a nice lefthander on a reef break that is great for more experienced surfers.
Anglesea is an exposed beach break that is pretty consistent all around the year. Offshore winds come from the northwest while the perfect swell is from the south southeast.
Anglesea boasts really consistent waves, which makes it a great place for beginners who are still learning how to surf. The beach itself is reasonably protected from the wind and for the best part of the year, the waves aren’t going to be too big for beginners. However, on its day it does get some massive swells which are best left to the locals and those with a bit more experience. The water is quite shallow, which means you aren’t faced with any undercurrents.
Generally speaking, Winter and Autumn are the best seasons for surfing, so try and get there during those times of the year. Anglesea is about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne’s CBD and is on Cameron Road, which allows easy access to the beach.
Learn to surf at LORNE
Learn to surf at Lorne! Lorne is an awesome surfing location for beginners, there are soft waves towards the south end of the beach. There is shelter from massive swells and winds.
The waves break here with less lower than the other surf spots around the area, which makes Lorne a good place for people wanting to practice catching smaller waves.
Autumn and winter are the best times of year to surf at Lorne. The conditions are best in these months. Lorne Beach is located on Mountjoy Parade, and is easy to access.
LEARN TO SURF AT OCEAN GROVE
Learn to surf at Ocean Grove! This great spot has consistently good conditions with easy waves for beginners. There is lots of space to practice your new skills and learning to stand.
Ocean grove also has great conditions for experienced surfers. Ocean grove is a beautiful clean and safe beach with gentle rolling waves. The headland is protected from the strong south westerly winds. It’s pretty easy to get there whether you’re travelling by car or public transport. The best time to hit the consistent swell is around Autumn.
Learn to surf at TORQUAY
Learn to surf at Torquay! The waves at Torquay are great for beginners as they are easy to surf. The waves here are tame, therefore it is a relaxed vibe in the water. Another reason why it is appropriate for beginners.
The best time to surf the waves at Torquay is in Autumn. Torquay produces good waves on a range of winds as it is protected by the surrounding cliff faces, good waves can be found when the wind is from the west all the way to north. You can definitely learn to surf here at Torquay. Torquay beach is located on Beach Road, with easy access.
What to do when there is no surf
Melbourne is of the the most vibrant and exciting cities, not only in Australia but the entire world. Melbourne’s been called a, “city for all seasons”, because of the vast array of events on offer all year round. It features hidden laneways and incredible tree-lined streets as well as acres of city gardens and parklands all around the CBD.
If you want to get a taste of the beautiful scenery in and around the CBD, take a stroll to the Royal Botanic Garden. Just a short distance from the CBD extending south of the Yarra, you’ll discover an iconic green parkland that boasts more than 50,000 plants, including many rare species. Established in 1846, and visited by more than 1.5 million people per year, the Royal Botanic Gardens is rated as one of the finest city reserves or its kind anywhere in the world.
To get your culture hit while visiting Melbourne, you can also take a look at the National Gallery of Victoria. As the official oldest gallery in Australia, you’ll discover more than 68,000 works of art in two locations. The international collection, which is found in the St. Kilda Road building and the Australian collection located in the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square. The Australian collection alone showcases our history including both Aboriginal art and more contemporary works.
Another spot to check out in Melbourne is the Queen Victoria Market. This iconic location has been the centre of fresh produce since 1878. It boasts market stalls and food halls and you’ll be able to find everything from clothing to a souvenir to take with you.
CAFES NEAR THE BEACH
If you’ve worked up an appetite after your morning surf, our pick for the top café to grab some food and a coffee in this area is:
MCGAIN’S NURSERY, CAFE AND FOOD STORE
McGains has some amazing chefs that create an array of edible delights that include soup, salads, curries, sweet and savoury pastries, cakes, freshly squeezed juice, award-winning coffee and a huge selection of teas.
Frontbeach cafe has great food and coffee. Needing a solid meal after the surf? Head down to Frontbeach café in Torquay for an awesome meal. It is a casual setting with a relaxed vibe. Check it out after you have been for a surf at Bancoora beach.
the bottle of milk
The Bottle of Milk is a popular café in Lorne. All their burgers are served in a freshly baked organic La Madre bun. Bottle of milk beef patties are made fresh daily from 100% premium quality Australian beef. They have a huge menu available and they use 7 seeds coffee. After you have hit the surf, go check out the Bottle of Milk.
the DRIFTWOOD CAFE
The Driftwood Café is highly rated in Ocean Grove. It is always packed, they serve delicious food and excellent coffee. The café has a good layout and is a go to spot once you have finished your surf at the beach.
sticks and stones
Sticks and Stones café is located on the Surf Coast Highway and it has an awesome menu available. It has a casual atmosphere and great coffee, this place is recommended by locals. Definitely head here after your surf.
FAMOUS SURFERS WHO GREW UP IN MELBOURNE
Famous surfers who grew up in Melbourne include legends Wayne Lynch and Rod Brooks.
In the late 1960s the eyes of the surfing world turned to a talented young boy from Victoria. Lynch was one of the most exciting surfing prospect to come out of Australia in many years, astounding pundits with a level of performance that defied his young age. Still to this day, Lynch stands as Victoria’s greatest surfing legend and a man who forever changed the face of surfing in Australia.
Former president of Surfing Australia, Rod Brooks began his surfing journey in the choppy and windy waters of Middle Brighton Pier in Port Phillip Bay at age 12. A few years later, alongside shaper Paddy Morgan, Rod moved on to Bells Beach. It was there his 40-year relationship with the huge swells, resulted in five Victorian open surfing titles, 11 appearances in the Bells Easter Championship finals as well as become a key administrator and part-time surfing event director. He was also one of the founding member of the Bells Beach Advisory committee as well as the Surfworld Museum.
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