Beach Road, Torquay
ph (03)5261 4606
Within the same complex is Surfworld Museum which is a celebration of Australia's surfing and beach culture, incorporating related dress and musical fashions.
It displays vintage surfing gear and memorabilia (including a history of surfboards dating back to 1915), the Ocean Art Gallery, a theatre screening classic and contemporary surfing movies, an exhibition of surf photography by Jack Eden, a wave-making tank (demonstrating the energy needed to produce the perfect swell), a paddling machine to test fitness and a machine to test balance on a surf board, board-shaping demos, interactve surf-related DVDs, a Surfing Hall of Fame and an interactive video system which allows visitors to "talk" with famous surfing legends.
It is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily. The entry fee (to the museum) is presently $6.50 and $4.50 for children and concessions. There are also family deals.