The other weekend when I was down in Torquay, Victoria (home of the famous Bells Beach) I got thinking about what would be the places/things I would recommended for someone creative to check out in this surfside town. My list was quite long, but for sake of ‘Introducing 3...’ I’ll just share three of them with you for now.
Next week I’ll be sharing three places to stop by visit on Phillip Island.
Shop 12, 15 Bell Street, Torquay
Telephone: (03) 5264 7271
Open: 7 days a week, 10am - 5:30pm
When TigerFiSH started out it was a loose collective of artists and designers, they stocked limited-edition tee shirts and had a selection of art that graced the walls of this unqiue shop/gallery. Now in the present nothing much has changed; there is always a friendly smile behind the counter, a selection of good art/surf/music books/films, an ever changing range of artworks, beautiful surf boards and of coasre limited edition t-shirts!
41 The Esplanade, Torquay
Open: 7 days a week, until around 2:30pm
What looks like a surfside shack is home to some awesome coffee and a very tasty menu, perfect for a post surf feed. It’s situated on the Esplanade just across from Zeally Bay. Scatted on the walls of Cafe Moby is a selection of works by various artists (including me!). You can either sit out side in the sunshine or inside amongst the hustle and bustle.
Beach Road, Torquay
Cost: Maximum $9 per adult
Open: 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm
First of all it’s the world’s largest surfing museum, second it’s the home to The Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame. Hence when in a surfing mecca like Torquay it is only fitting to stop by and check it out. From the ‘first surfboard’ (which I just love), to the history of the life saving and the famous Rip Curl Pro held every year at Bells Beach, surfing art and culture there is a little something for everyone.
Something else to note, the first ever exhibition I was in was at Surf World. I was part of Artsticks 2, an exhibition about art on surfboards. There is still a selection of boards from both Artsticks 1 & 2 throughout the museum.