Best Family-friendly Activities On The Surf Coast
The Surf Coast has always been a hit for family holidays – mainly thanks to our amazing beaches, family-friendly activities and entertainment.
But as our population rises, Victoria’s Surf Coast is becoming a permanent home to many more young families too.
Here are our top picks for the best family-friendly entertainment on the Surf Coast.
Head to the beach
Really, the only debate is which beach? Torquay, Anglesea, Bells Beach, Aireys Inlet or Lorne?
If you want to get off the beaten track, Point Roadknight Beach, Addiscot Beach at Point Addis and Fairhaven Beach are our picks for less crowded options.
Take the kids fishing or try snorkelling at low tide at Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. Have some fun beachcombing, or get involved in the annual Surf Coast sand sculpture competition – now in its 25th year!
If you’re a local, you also can get involved in the beach community through a Surf Life Saving Club or Nippers.
Immerse yourself in surf culture
We are the Surf Coast for a reason: read all about our surf culture and then head to the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay. Learning to surf is a great experience for the whole family. Torquay Surf Academy, Go Ride a Wave, or Great Ocean Road Surf Tours are a few experienced groups you can learn from and have some fun.
Find the river
While the beautiful beaches of the Surf Coast might be the main drawcard for visitors to our region, there are also other waterways to explore. These include the Barwon and Anglesea Rivers, where you can walk or entertain the family with watersports and hire a SUP, paddle boat or canoe.
Take the Surf Coast Walk
The Surf Coast Walk is a spectacular 44 km coastal trail that links Aireys Inlet to Torquay via beaches and lookout points. Don’t worry: you don’t have to do the whole thing. Just bite off a small family-friendly chunk – like the 5.7km section along Wadawurrung Aboriginal country, with its windswept sand dunes and stunning coastal vegetation.
Explore our amazing National Parks
Explore the Surf Coast’s Great Otway National Park. You can try platypus spotting or take an eco-tour by kayak at Lake Elizabeth and visit the waterfalls at Erskine or Kalimna Falls. Why not pack a picnic featuring local produce from the Surf Coast Picnic Co and enjoy it along your travels? And check out some other hidden gems here.
The Great Ocean Road
Anyone for a family road trip? The Great Ocean Road is iconic, with great views, history, and plenty of interesting stops along the way. Make sure to prepare a playlist and drive past the famous pole house – it’s the most photographed house on the Great Ocean Road.
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Meet the animals
Visit a park
Duck into town and visit an old replica of a bathing box in Torquay or Anglesea. Drop into History House in Anglesea, or explore Torquay’s Museum Without Walls online. You can also read about the history of the Surf Coast’s place names here.
Escape to the country
Visit a lighthouse
Take a family photo in front of the iconic Split Point Lighthouse.
The Surf Coast’s art scene is legendary and includes theatre, open mic events, pop-up car park cinemas and open-air film festivals. If you want your own creative outlet, there are also many local visual arts and creative writing groups. Visit Torquay Books or Torquay Library – both have great events. Don’t forget to mark the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in your diary. There’s also an annual Surf Coast Arts Trail.
If you’re interested in further information, contact me at any time.
Have fun with the family planning your next adventure.