Have a go and build confidence in the shallow estuary waters, small swells or calmness of the Anglesea River — perfect for stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and paddle boating. Hire away! Dangle a line or two from the fishing platforms. Stroll a riverside track where bike paths and bridges connect a series of flowing channels. Linger on wide river banks, milling around BBQs and picnic tables for all-day family fun.
The river and surrounds brim with native wildlife. Keep watch for owls, possums, echidnas, roos and wallabies, plus native fish, eels and a swag of waterbird species.
Let’s go! Point Roadknight Beach is a big fave with young families. Like Main Beach, it’s patrolled in summer. Grin up for rock pooling, dog running or beach walking at Back Beach or Urquhart Bluff.
For natural beauty and easy access, the Surf Coast Walk is your world-class walking destination — no matter what your age or fitness level. Coast through scenic landscapes one section at a time: Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and everything between.
Anglesea is a hub for two-wheel adventure. Families revel in the all-level challenges of Anglesea Bike Park, a world-class mountain cross track purpose-built for all ages. And Parks Victoria has now approved Eumeralla Trails, a long-time favourite of MTB’ers, for public use. Let’s get pedalling!
Tee-off at Anglesea Golf Course amidst its resident kangaroo population. You can even book a Roo Tour for the family, the kids will love getting up close! Our native roos live in nearby forest and spend their days playing unofficial greenkeepers on the fairways.
Skill-up the whole fam-bam with a beginner surfing lesson. Waist-deep water, safe beach and belly-laughing family fun. Main Beach’s shallow waves are your go-to learn-to-surf spot and home to our award-winning surf school, Go Ride a Wave. Imagine your whole gang tackling their first waves together in a safe setting, under pro guidance.
Pack up your troubles and hit the pavement, sand or trail. Adventures don’t need to be fast-paced to deliver thrills! There’s a swag of walking tracks to inspire everyone — try the heath, the sand or the Surf Coast Walk.
“Our Surf Coast landscape is made for adventure. It supports an incredible breadth of pathways into outdoor adventure from beginner through to hardcore. Not just trail running; there’s surfing, SUP, kayaking, mountain biking, trail walking and more. You can start with a lesson in the estuary, shallows or on a well-formed path then graduate to bigger waves or backcountry trails, the ocean or the Otways. When you’re ready, your next challenge is always there.
Plus all the infrastructure you need: equipment hire, tour operators, accommodation, cafes, camps and organised events like Kids Adventures Outdoors (KAOS) Anglesea, a weekend festival introducing kids to a bunch of new outdoor activities. With trail running, there’s a myriad of trails with various challenge levels. You can go as hard as you like, yet never be far from a great coffee! Start with an easy event like Roo Run, Bells Beach Bash or Pathways into Adventure. Afterglow and then progress to the Surf Coast Trail Marathon or Surf Coast Century (100km).
For people who haven’t grown up near the bush, these stepping stones from novice to intermediate and beyond can help create lifelong habits and connection to the outdoors. And it’s all anchored in our remarkable land and seascapes.”
CHRIS ORD, Tour de Trails, Anglesea
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