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 is 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, as well as those embarking on the recommended Koorie Cultural Walk.