A dramatic beginning to the Great Ocean Road, the Surf Coast stretches from Torquay via Anglesea and Aireys Inlet to Lorne.
As the name advises, surfing rules here, and there is no excellent location in Victoria to catch a wave.
But you do not have to be a thrill-seeker or a professional with a wetsuit to make the most of the amazing scenery and food pleasures.
Surf with the pros
Torquay is the national house of surfing, host to the world-class Rip Curl Pro surfing competition each year.
Jan Juc and Bells Beach are the true deal for professional surfers, and towering cliffs offer the best outlooks for enthusiasts to catch the action.
Buff up on your surfing knowledge at the National Surfing Museum, or register for a learn-to-surf class.
The waves can get a large down but the coast is dotted with protected sandy beaches that are secure for family swimming.
Kick-off your shoes on a beach walk, go for a snorkel, dip in for a clamber, or paddle across rock pools with kids.
Grab your fishing rod and view what bites from the pier at Lorne.
Cycle or walk the 44-kilometers stretch of the Surf Coast walk between Lorne and Torquay.
Break this sweeping trail up into little parts or do it in reverse.
Get moving high above the beach on rocky cliffs and via coastal heathland and look out for the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet.
Instead of Lorne, the Great Otway National park increases up above the coast.
Tackle long or short, simple or challenging walks via rainforest canopy and big ferns.
The undulating trails are value it discovers cascading waterfalls and amazing rocky viewpoints out to the Southern ocean.