Surf Coast info
Celebrating on the Surf Coast is all about relaxing and having a great break from the stresses of VCE! Why not learn to surf at Australia's home of surfing? There are lots of great adventure activities waiting for you.
Completing your secondary education is a huge achievement! Make positive choices to celebrate your milestone, and remember to:
- Look after your mates
- Consider the community
- Take care of our environment
- Ask for help if you need it
Lorne and Torquay are small coastal towns where most people need to go to work each day. Many have young families and there are also lots of retired people. So please be respectful and considerate to the community while you're there.
If you’re heading to the Surf Coast after finishing school, it's important to register. Registration includes:
- Official wrist band
- Access to shuttle buses
- Support from youth workers
- Free barbecues
- Free water
- Access to the Chill Out Zone (Lorne)
- Priority entry to the Lorne Hotel(excludes cover charge, must be over 18)
- Great discounts on surf wear and activities from local businesses
You can register online here (new window). Online registration closes at the end of 26 November 2012.
The Surf Coast Shire has a localised website for activities, events, news and accommodation providers for school leavers. Head to Good Times Great Breaks (new window) and check it out!
What you can't do
We want you to enjoy your time on the Surf Coast. But making bad decisions is an easy way to ruin your break and empty your wallet. Remember the following:
- Drinking or possession of alcohol in open containers in the street or public spaces is illegal
- Lighting open fires on the foreshore or camping grounds is prohibited
- Camping or sleeping in vehicles in the street or in public places is also an offence
- You can be fined $563 for riotous or offensive behaviour including urinating in public or offensive language
- Smoking and glass are banned on beaches - remember: no butts, no cuts
Police and authorised officers will be on patrol during the period enforcing these laws.
Even during the school leavers' period, places like Lorne and Torquay can still be very quiet. Here are some important things to know:
- Visit Good Times Great Breaks (new window) for detailed information on events and services
- Make sure you register - you’ll get lots of benefits including important information, access to activities and free transport
- Youth workers will be in key locations in Lorne and Torquay, so if you’re having any problems or just have a question, these are good people to approach
- Most shops close early, so plan ahead with meals
- Pack warm clothes as it can be very cold and sometimes wet, even in November and December
- All licensed venues are strict on ID
- Bring a torch - not all streets are brightly lit
- Mobile phone coverage can be limited in coastal areas
- Visit Great Ocean Road (new window) has detailed information about Lorne and Torquay, and don't forget to check out the visitor information centres
Keep the Surf Coast glass free
Got glass? Leave it at home! Too many people - school leavers and local residents alike - suffer injuries from broken glass. Plus it damages the Surf Coast’s precious natural environment.
So please, if you are going to drink, buy cans or plastic bottles and help reduce injuries and damage to the Surf Coast!
Your accommodation may also not allow glass containers - the smartest approach is not to bring glass on your holiday at all.
- Stick with your friends and look out for each other
- Call 000 if things get out of hand
- Take care of your belongings to avoid theft
- Be certain your driver is capable, sober and trustworthy
- Remember if it seems too good to be true - it probably is!
- Have some emergency cash with you at all times
Both Lorne and Torquay beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers from mid-November.
Unknown beaches can be unpredictable, so:
- 'Play it safe, take your mates' - never swim or surf alone
- Never swim when you have been drinking or taking other drugs
- Don't swim at night
- Swim between the flags
- Check it is OK to swim before you get in
- If you don't know the depth of the water, don't dive in
- Look before you leap
For more water safety tips and info head to www.watersafety.vic.gov.au (new window).
- Plan your trip - accommodation, money, transport, food, activities, warm clothes, wet weather gear and people you will be with
- Let someone at home know where you are going and when you'll be back
- Pack some fun stuff - guitar, cards, footy, frisbee
Roads and transport
Towns along the Great Ocean Road including Torquay and Lorne are serviced by V/line (new window) buses that depart from Geelong Station.
For timetables and maps of local Torquay bus services go to metlink (new window).
A free shuttle bus service for registered school leavers only will run in Torquay and Lorne in the evenings (buses don’t run between towns!). See Good Times Great Breaks (new window) for details.
It can be difficult to travel between towns - particularly after dark. Plan ahead and make sure you’re not stranded away from where you’re staying.
The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s (and the world’s) most spectacular drives, find out more at www.greatoceanroad.org (new window).
Doctors and health services
If you need help, ask. It doesn't have to be an emergency to call 000 (112 if mobile out of range).
Surf Coast Medical Centre
100 Surfcoast Highway
(03) 5260 3911
Shop 702 Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre, Cnr Pioneer Road & Princes Highway
Shop 60-61, Level 1 Market Square Shopping Centre, Moorabool Street
Store your Medicare number in your phone - this could save you heaps.
There are independent ATMs in Torquay and Lorne, but generally there is a cost to your account for the use of these. Visit our Contacts page to find your bank's nearest ATM.
Police, Ambulance and Fire
000 (112 if mobile out of range)
Poison Info line
13 11 26
24-hour drug and alcohol line
1800 888 236
13 11 14
Centre Against Sexual Assault
1800 806 292
1300 557 123
V/Line (public transport info)
13 61 96
Good Times Great Breaks
Surf Coast Shire Council
(03) 5261 0600