Whether you’re coming from New Zealand, China, the UK or interstate, getting to Torquay is easy. Please find a range of convenient transport options below.
Avalon Airport Flying into Avalon is the perfect option for the budget conscious traveller. The Avalon Airport http://www.avalonairport.com.au has been servicing Geelong, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road region since 1997 and provides low-cost, international and domestic flights through budget airlines such as Jetstar www.jetstar.com Avalon Airport is located 55 km from the Melbourne CBD, 20 km from the Geelong CBD and 42 km from the centre of Torquay. Once you arrive at Avalon you can pick up a rental car http://www.avalonairport.com.au/car-hire, arrange an airport bus transfer http://www.avalonairport.com.au/to-and-from/airport-bus or hire a taxi to get to Torquay. Melbourne Airport A variety of international and domestic airlines fly into Melbourne Airport http://melbourneairport.com.au on a daily basis. Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport) is located 25 km from the Melbourne CBD, 84 km from the Geelong CBD and 104 km from the centre of Torquay. Once you arrive at Melbourne Airport you can pick up a rental car, http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/rental-cars/overview.html arrange an airport bus transfer, http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/other-bus-services/overview.html or hire a taxi http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/taxis/overview.html to get to Torquay. Gull Airport Service One popular and affordable option for travellers is to use the Gull Airport Service http://gull.com.au, which picks passengers up from Melbourne Airport and drops them off at a range of locations in Geelong. If you are dropped off at the Geelong Railway Station you can get a connecting bus to Torquay or Jan Juc by using the McHarry’s Bus Service (Route 74).
A road trip to Torquay and the Great Ocean Road region is a great way to see the local area. You could find yourself driving past wide stretches of countryside on the Surf Coast Highway or taking in the visually arresting sights of the Great Ocean Road. Car and van hire There is a range of car and van rental options available—from budget to luxury vehicles. Companies that service the area include: Budget http://www.budget.com.au, Avis http://www.avis.com.au, Europcar http://www.europcar.com.au, Hertz https://www.hertz.com.au/rentacar/reservation, Thrifty http://www.thrifty.com.au and Redspot https://www.redspot.com.au. Rental vehicles can be picked up from airports and towns on the way to Torquay. For those who are visiting from abroad, the ‘RV’ or ‘motorhome’ is commonly called a ‘campervan’ in Australia. This may be a great choice for you if you enjoy the great outdoors, as there are incredible camping spots to be found in the Torquay and Jan Juc region. Please note that in Australia we drive on the left side of the road. For a list of road rules you can go to the Vic Roads website https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules Car or motorbike travel Coming from Sydney? You take the Hume Highway, travel to Geelong by getting on the Western Ring Road and Princes Freeway, and make your way to Torquay via the Surf Coast Highway or the Geelong Ring Road. The trip will take approximately 12 hours. Coming from Melbourne Airport? Drive towards Melbourne on the Tullamarine Freeway, travel to Geelong by getting on the Western Ring Road and Princes Freeway, and make your way to Torquay via the Surf Coast Highway or the Geelong Ring Road. The trip will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Coming from Warrnambool? The shortest route is inland via the Princes Highway or the Hamilton Highway; this trip will take you approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Some people like to take the coastal route via the Great Ocean Road, which takes approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes.
The V/Line train service http://www.vline.com.au connects travellers from Melbourne to Geelong, with a timetable http://www.vline.com.au/timetables that runs on an hourly basis. Coming from interstate? The V/Line train service will take you to Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street. From there you can get a connecting train to Geelong or Warrnambool. To get to Torquay, you can take the Geelong or Marshall V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Geelong Railway Station and get a connecting bus to Torquay or Jan Juc by using the McHarry’s Bus Service (Route 74). Coming from the Melbourne Airport? The Sky Bus Service http://www.skybus.com.au departs from the Melbourne Airport every 15 minutes and runs directly to the Southern Cross Train Station. To get to Torquay, you can take the Geelong or Marshall V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Geelong Railway Station and get a connecting bus to Torquay or Jan Juc by using the McHarry’s Bus Service (Route 74).
McHarry’s Busline McHarry’s Busline http://www.mcharrys.com.au provides public transport bus services throughout Geelong, West Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast through to Apollo Bay via the Great Ocean Road. For timetables you can go to the V/line website http://www.vline.com.au. The following routes will take you to Torquay and/or Jan Juc from Geelong: Route 74 – Geelong to Jan Juc via Torquay V/Line – Geelong to Apollo Bay via Great Ocean Road
The phone number for the Torquay Taxi Service is: 131 008. You can book a taxi from anywhere in Australia by dialing this number. Myki – Public Transport Card Most public transport buses, trams and trains in Victoria use a ticketing system called myki. The myki card allows you to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses, V/Line commuter train services and buses in Seymour, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Warragul. You can buy your myki at over 800 retailers http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-retail-outlets or directly from the myki website http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki. You can also purchase a myki at the Melbourne Airport http://ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/news/myki-machines-installed-at-melbourne-airport or from registered myki outlets in Geelong http://www.mcharrys.com.au/fareprices.html#topup *Got a question about how to get to Torquay? Post it in our forum http://torquay.com.au/ask-a-local/ and a friendly local will respond to you.