What’s on in Torquay, Geelong and the Surf Coast over Summer
3 November 2018 - Great Ocean Road
Summer on the Surf Coast is extremely popular with families with heaps of things to do.
What’s on during December, January and February? We’ve got your visit to Serenity Torquay covered with a list of our top things to do during Summer on the Surf Coast.
1. Get Festive in Torquay
Enjoy singing Christmas Carols on a gorgeous summer’s evening overlooking Torquay’s front beach. Pack a picnic rug and enjoy Torquay Carols by the Sea.
When – 8 December, 2018
And while you’re in the festive spirit, a visit to Geelong’s Waterfront to see the giant floating Christmas Tree is a must. It’s world famous!
2. Torquay Markets
Over four weeks in January, Torquay is immersed in the magical atmosphere of live music, roaming performers, buskers, street food and some of the region’s best boutique crafted beers and wine.
Meander through the Nightjar market precinct, discovering many emerging designers and artists and talented musicians.
The Nightjar is a unique experience that leaves a smile on everyone’s face.
When – Every Thursday during January, 2019
Other markets include the Torquay Farmer’s Market held every Saturday and the Cowrie Market held on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Ocean Grind hosts a trendy Twilight market on a regular basis and, the coffee’s great! Check the Ocean Grind Facebook page for details.
3. Getting active
The Surf Coast boasts some fantastic walking tracks for outdoor family fun.
The Surf Coast Walk starts in Torquay and goes through Anglesea to Aireys Inlet. The full walk is 44km, but of course you can always drive to different start points. You can find out more about the Surf Coast Walk here.
If trail running is your thing, the Afterglow is a unique twilight – night trail run. Make sure you’re set to glow, glitter and glam it up at this years’ Afterglow trail run. There’s a 13km, 21km and 5km ‘mini-glow’.
When – 24 November, 2018
Another event on the running calendar is the Bells Bash Cliff Run. Starting from Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club, you’ll run along the picturesque undulating track between Jan Juc and Bells Beach.
When –4 January, 2019
The Danger Ocean Swim at Point Danger, Torquay Front Beach is one of the biggest and most popular open water swims in Victoria. Distances are 500m, 1km and 2.5km and the race attracts around 2,000 competitors.
When –5 January, 2019
And, if it’s a game of golf you are after, the Torquay region boasts two world-class golf courses – Peppers Sands Resort Torquay and the RACV Torquay Resort. Both resorts offer plenty of fresh sea air, undulating greens and a challenge or two even for the expert golfer.
Within easy driving distance is 13th Beach Golf Links and the Anglesea Golf Club set among beautiful bushland with hundreds of grazing kangaroos – a truly unique experience!
4. Cadel Evans Road Race
The Cadel Evans Road Race is an amazing event for bike enthusiasts. With some of the world’s best cycling teams the Men’s elite race features on the UCI World Tour calendar.
The race heads past Serenity Torquay Accommodation so you can cheer on your heroes.
The People’s ride is your chance to take part in a well organised event.
When – 26 – 27 January, 2019
5. Torquay Bars
Balmy summer evenings call for a refreshing drink in the great outdoors.
Torquay boasts a great pop up bar overlooking Fisherman’s beach only a few blocks from Serenity Torquay Accommodation. Bomboras pop up bar is located above The Salty Dog Café and has regular live music and a regular ‘happy hour’ taking Torquay’s beach vibe to the next level.
Don’t discount the Torquay Bowls Club either. Within easy walking distance from Torquay Serenity Accommodation they have an outdoor deck area overlooking Fisherman’s beach.
The Torquay Hotel in Bell Street also offers value for money meals.
6. Torquay’s surfing culture
Yes, it’s all about the surfing. Whether you are a surfer or not, you can’t help getting caught up in Torquay’s surfing culture.
A stay in Torquay is not complete without taking some surfing lessons. There are lots of companies including Go Ride A Wave that hire surfboards, wet suits and provide lessons for children and adults.
Surf carnivals are held throughout the summer including many nipper carnivals and championships held either at the Surf Beach or an area along the front beach affectionately known by locals as ‘Cosy Corner’.
And, if the actual surf is not your thing, head to the Australian National Surfing Museum. Celebrating the history of surfing you will see why Torquay is called the surfing capital of Australia.
There’s a cinema with regular screenings showing some of the best surfing in the world.
Treat yourself to a Day Spa
Although Serenity Accommodation has a great hot tub to relax in, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a nice massage whilst holidaying.
Torquay has an Endota Spa in town and further out award-winning Saltair Day Spa, offers a luxurious range of facial treatments and relaxation massages.
Rainy Day Activity
It’s raining and the kids are driving you crazy?
Take a 15-minute drive down the Torquay Highway to Supertramp.
With over 70 connected trampolines, a wall climbing area, dodgeball courts, an airmat, wall running, basketball rings and a toddle playground, the whole family is sure to burn off some energy at Supertramp. For the ultimate thrill seekers – check out the seven-metre vertical drop slide, if you dare.
A Day on the Green
Mt Duneed Estate hosts A Day on the Green. Events sell out very quickly.
RNB Vine Days returns in February with an A-class line up!
If you are looking for accommodation close to Mt Duneed Estate Waurn Ponds, assemble your crew and start making plans – Serenity Torquay is the perfect accommodation base.
Buses run to and from Torquay for all A Day on the Green events. Check the event website for more detail.
New events are announced all the time. Find out more about A Day on The Green.
Held on Geelong’s Waterfront this event has become one of Australia’s premier motoring events. Showcasing an array of motorcars, motorcycles, the main event is the sprint runs along Eastern Beach’s Richie Blvd. Thousands enjoy sitting on the grassed area along Richie Blvd which is the perfect vantage point to overlook the sprint track.
When – 24 – 25 November, 2018
Also for motoring enthusiasts, the Torquay Motorshow, run by the Rotary Club of Torquay is held along the Elephant Walk parkland on the Esplande – just a short stroll from Serenity Accommodation Torquay. The event is one of the bigger events on Torquay’s busy calendar over summer and usually attracts several thousand spectators out so see some beautiful cars.
When – 10 February, 2019
Pako Festa Link is a multi-cultural event attracting around 100,000 visitors. With a street parade, performances, workshops, street stalls, there is something for all ages.
Dating back to 1983, the Festival embraces culture, respecting its history, past, present and future.
It’s a magnificent day held in Pakington Street Geelong West, a vibrant shopping precinct.
When – 23 February, 2019
Geelong’s Festival of Sails
Held over the Australia Day long weekend, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club hosts the Festival of sails. This event began in 1844 and holds the title of Victoria’s oldest ongoing sporting event!
The regatta attracts some 400+ yachts, but the event is so much more, with a huge festival stretching the whole breadth of Geelong’s amazing waterfront. Plenty of food, markets, roaming performers and live bands and fireworks.
Serenity Torquay Accommodation
Serenity Torquay Accommodation is a great place to base yourself for many of the events held in Torquay, Geelong and surrounds
Get in quick! Accommodation books quickly – sometimes 12 months in advance!