Plan Your Walk

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common 'Frequently Asked Questions' in relation to the Surf Coast Walk are available for download. Further advice on planning your Walk is below.

Plan Your Trip

The Surf Coast Walk starts near Torquay, 100km southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Travel time via car is only 75 minutes from Melbourne to Torquay via the Geelong Ring Road.

VLine train services operate daily from Melbourne to Geelong.

VLine coaches operate daily from Geelong to Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven and further down the Great Ocean Road.

McHarrys Local Bus Service operates daily between Geelong and Torquay.

Airport transfers are available to Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Avalon Airport.

Detour in place. Surf Coast Walk along the Demon’s Bluff cliff-top to the existing loop walk, following engineering advice that the cracks in the cliff are presenting a risk to visitors. The area along the cliff-top will be re-planted, while we look at the longer-term solution. More info.....

Walking the walk. Numerous easily accessible walk trailheads can be accessed by car as shown on the map. Sections of the walk can be combined with a low tide shoreline walk to make a loop. For longer self guided walks, consider a pre-arranged car shuttle, Vline coach or taxi. Tour operators can provide a professional, guided walk experience.

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Shared Use.  Over half the walk is open to cyclists. See map for details. There are several sections suitable for wheelchair access.

Accommodation is available in each of the towns, ranging from budget to boutique. Sleeping in vehicles and camping in public places is prohibited. Contact the Torquay or Lorne Visitor Centre for advice.

What to carry: Always take a mobile phone. Coverage may vary, check with your provider. Carry snacks and drinks. 

Dogs are welcome along most sections of the walk, but must be on a leash, check signs for details. Take a bag to pick up after your dog.

Track standards vary. Check maps and signs for details.

Accessibility: Only concrete paths in central Torquay and Anglesea meet wheelchair standards, but most Grade 2 tracks are flat, smooth and step free.  An All Terrain Wheelchair is available for hire. (See reverse for details).

Stay safe on the coast

Dress for variable weather: consider sun and rain protection. Sturdy closed shoes are recommended.

Tread carefully: watch out for natural hazards and variable track surfaces. Stay well clear of cliffs and check tide times for on-beach sections of the walk.

Fire danger: avoid the Surf Coast Walk on Total Fire Ban and Code Red days. Check www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667.

Emergency: call 000 for emergency assistance.

Street names or emergency location markers may assist you to identify your location.

Care for the coast

Coastal vegetation is fragile. Keep to tracks and beaches. Picking native wildflowers is illegal.

Be clean. Take your rubbish away with you (other litter too if you can). See the map for toilet locations.

Leave wildlife alone. Give beach-nesting birds, resting seals and other native animals space.

Leave everything as you find it for future walkers to enjoy.

Befriend the Walk

Love the walk? The Friends of the Surf Coast Walk group are the official stewards of the track. From monitoring to maintenance and environmental protection work, there are many volunteer roles to play depending on your abilities and interests.  For more information call the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee on (03) 5220 5055 or visit www.gorcc.com.au.