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Torquay is a beach loverís paradise. Touted to be the birthplace and unofficial capital of the global surf industry, the waves of this sun and sand town beckon all. Here are some places worth visiting in Torquay.
1. The Surf World Museum, the largest surfing museum in the world is a haven for surfing memorabilia seekers. Pay a visit to the art gallery, to enjoy interactive video clips and photographs of landmark surfing events.
2. If you fancy the thrills of taking an open cockpit flight, the Tiger Moth World Moth Adventure Park has a lot to offer. Visitors will enjoy the flight along the expansive beaches and cliff tops. The 12 Apostles Air Adventure tour is worth taking and it departs daily from their office at Apollo Bay.
3. Take advantage of the opportunity to get surfing lessons at the Torquay Surfing Academy. Book a family kayaking lesson or a paddle boating session for everyone to enjoy. Equipment is available both for hire and sale.
4. The Woodlands is an action packed destination for the entire family. With 60 acres of water coasters, gliders and bumper boats, this amuseument park has 15 play zones and five storeys of play equipment.
5. Saunter along the Cockington Gardens, a tiny yet appealing community village with cottages, a pub and a beautiful mansion. You can also participate in the numerous events that are hosted here throughout the year.
6. Take the Surf Coast Walk, to enjoy a breathtaking coast trail that starts from Jan Juc and passes Aireys Inlet Split Point Lighthouse and Moggs Creek. Visitors will have several options for customizing your trail.
7. The Babbacombe Model Village, nestled in the Babbacombe Bay area has a brilliant display of miniature buildings, vehicles and dioramas amidst lush green and beautifully landscaped gardens.
8. Go on a Foreshore Trail commencing from the Deep Creek Reserve and passing through several good tourist sites like the Sundial, Fishermanís Beach, Torquay Play Park and Front Beach. Follow the trail to Point Danger to visit the War Memorial and see the wood carvings along the Torquay Back Beach.
9. Take the Australian Skydive at the Torquay Airport and get a magnificent view of the Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach from a high altitude. Visitors can also enjoy freefall and parachute floating activities.
10. Visit the Cowrie Community Market located at the Esplanade for excellent bargains on handmade crafts. You can also listen to local bands play some great music while you shop for souvenirs and artefacts.