An Insider’s Guide to Australia’s Surfing Capital with Board Builder Michael Di Sciascio
For something a little more refined, a star is moonah, a 10-minute drive from Torquay, near Point Impossible surf spot. It only has 12 places, so you have to book weeks in advance. Chef Tobin Kent is next level. He harvests seaweed and native plants from the beach outside, bakes all his bread and uses fresh produce from the garden on site. It’s an experience.
Where to stay when in town?
There are plenty of great Airbnbs along the coast, some offering amazing surf lifestyle experiences. Or check out the pubs, which often have rooms to let.
Any good bars around?
Many breweries, all with taprooms: Bells Beach Brewery, black man, South West. Plus, you’ll find a great wine region, with more than a dozen wineries, within a 30-minute drive from town. Discover the winners Great Ocean Road Gin distillery in Aireys Inlet, too.
Let’s talk about surfing… Where are you going, and why?
My favorite surf spot is Winkipop, next to Bells Beach. It’s a reef on the right – two waves that come together to form one when there’s heavy surf. It goes from 0.6m to 4.5m and is world class. Both waves offer great variety and although it can get crowded there is a strong local team surfing it all the time – a Winki community, all passionate about surfing.