The Great Ocean Road officially begins on the stretch between Torquay and Anglesea. A slight detour takes you to famous Bells Beach, the powerful point break that's part of international surfing folklore; it has hosted Australia's premier surfing event, the Bells Classic, since 1973. (It was here too, in name only, that Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze had their ultimate showdown in the film Point Break.)
Around 3km away, on the outskirts of Torquay, is the surf town of Jan Juc, a local hang-out for surfers, with a mellow, sleepy vibe. Nine kilometres southwest of Torquay is the turn-off to spectacular Point Addis, a vast sweep of pristine, clothing-optional beach that attracts surfers, nudists, hang-gliders and swimmers.
The Wathaurong people are the traditional custodians of this stretch of coast, and you can learn about their culture on the recommended Koorie Cultural Walk.