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The Surf World Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

It also charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through the colourful and exciting permanent displays and temporary exhibitions of important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.

An unforgettable experience, Surf World provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. It’s a place where you can experience or relive, surfing’s sense of fun, and marvel at the changes that have taken place over the years. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Surf World Museum came from the vision of Peter Troy who along with his surfing friends Vic Tantau and Alan Reid drove the idea forward. After years of effort they teamed with Surfing Australia, the Torquay surfing industry, Geelong Regional Commission to turn Surf World Museum into a reality.

Surf World Museum was opened in December 1993 and within a short period was recognized by the International Surfing Association as a one of the most significant centre’s of world surfing heritage.

Surf World Museum is recognised as the worlds largest surf and beach culture museum, is home of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame and is dedicated to tell the story of surfing.

Through our comprehensive displays of surfing’s rich history, Surf World Museum entertains and educates a diverse group of visitors including surfers, domestic and international travelers, families, school groups and adult interest groups.

Opening Hours
Surf World Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week excluding Christmas Day.

Self Guided Tours
Surf World Museum allows you to browse through the museum at your own leisure.

Admission Prices
Adult $12, Concession $8, Child $8, Family $30.

Surf World Museum is situated in Beach Road Torquay.
Location map Melways reference 505 K4.
> Click here to view google map location

Group Discounts
Please see Education / Group Tours’ for details.


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20 20 Exhibition

The Surfworld Museum in Torquay recently opened its summer exhibition titled 20 20 which is a celebration of the museums twentieth anniversary.

Since opening its doors in December 1993 the museum has become a great showcase for one of Australia’s favourite past times. It’s a place where people can get a sense of what it feels like to be a surfer or take a trip down surfing’s memory lane.

The new 20 20 Exhibition showcases 20 significant items from the museum’s collection which includes rare photographs, magazines, wetsuits, films, surfboards, posters and other artefacts. The exhibition features displays that link Australian surfing back to its Hawaiian roots, highlights pioneer surfers like ‘Snowy’ McAlister, Peter Troy and Vic Tantau, and includes elements from champion surfers Kelly Slater, Layne Beachley, Mark Richards, Simon Anderson and Wayne Lynch.

Indigenous surfing, surf art, design and photography are all featured in this celebration of surfing.

Museum Curator Craig Baird: “ We have tried to highlight the best of what the museum has to offer with 20 20. There are spectacular and significant milestones from Australian surfing culture on display as well as some items never before seen by the Victorian public. We are stoked to be able to share these treasured items with our visitors and encourage them to ride a wave of history by visiting the museum.”

20 20 Exhibition will be on display until May 2014. The museum is open 9-5pm, seven days a week.

For information on the 20 20 Exhibition contact the museum 03 5261 4606, email



exhibitions Board Room

Board Room

The boardroom is dedicated to the functional sculptural form we call a surfboard. It allows you to explore the history, materials and development of surfing designs from the first 100 years of Australian surfing.

You can traverse the boardwalk under the lip of a breaking wave where you will see the transition from solid timber historic surfboards, through hollow plywood, balsa and fibreglass, to the modern lightweight composite construction of today’s high performance surfboards. From some of the countries oldest surfboards, to contemporary, futuristic and experimental designs, you’ll be surprised by the surfboards you will find in the boardroom.


exhibitions Theatre


In the SurfWorld theatre you can sit back and relax while being surrounded by historic surfboards and vintage surf movie posters, while you check out the action on the big screen.

You can watch the best surfing performances from Australia and around the world and experience some of surfing’s larger than life characters. Or you can follow the experiences of travelling surfers and witness surfing in exotic locations, or celebrate the simple joy of surfing as you watch one of our collection of classic surf movies.


exhibitions Australian Surfing Hall of Fame


The Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame sits at the very heart of SurfWorld and presents the most significant figures and surfing heroes from Australia’s surfing past.

Inside you will find a unique example of a surfboard ridden by each of these outstanding surfers and a biography detailing the highlights of their waveriding lives.


exhibitions Live Surf Board Shaping

Shaping Bay

A unique feature of SurfWorld is the facility of having surfboards shaped live on site. International shaper Eiji Shiomoto shapes a diverse variety of surfboards for customers here and overseas. From traditional malibus and high prerformance surfboards through to high tech tow in surfboards, traditional Alaia, and experimental finless designs, all this action can be viewed in the SurfWorld shaping bay. If not in action you can still view Eiji’s latest projects, templates, equipment and tools of the trade.


exhibitions Surf Culture


SurfWorld is filled with inspirational and unusual pieces reflecting surfing’s diverse cultural elements and its enormous impact on sport and Australian popular culture.

Along with surfboards, historical images, artifacts, clothing, music and surf movies are all well represented in our surf culture area. You can even walk through a decked out Kombi van that recalls memories of time spent with friends, on epic surfing adventures and trips along the coast.









exhibitions Collections Archive

Stubbies Trophy

One of the fundamental reasons for SurfWorld to exist is to protect and preserve cultural elements and Australia’s surfing heritage for future generations. Through the SurfWorld collection and archive we are able to properly store and record the details of significant items with a view to developing and sharing the story of Australian surfing.

Significant items from the collection form the basis for our exhibitions and displays on site, and we plan to provide online access to archived material for research purposes in the near future. Serious research requests are considered on an individual basis.

Although significant, our collection is not complete and we invite anyone with items of historical importance or of surfing interest to loan or donate material to help complete our records.


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Surf World offers a range of education and interest group tours from casual visits to focused presentations. We aim to educate and entertain visitors seeking to learn more about surfing and beach culture.

Surf World Education
Surf World provides a range of educational options for students from Prep to Year 12. We can also tailor programs to specific course outlines (VELS) such as history, technology and environmental studies (Outdoor Education).

Surf World has a range of educational material (worksheets) designed for different year levels. Please email to outline your needs.
Tours are $5.00 per student (teachers and support staff free)

Surf World Group Tours
Surf World welcomes tours from a range of interest groups including community groups, tour groups, adult groups and groups with special needs.
Tours are $6.00 per person (support staff free)

Bells Beach Tours

Surf World also offers Bells Beach Tours which can be either education based covering Humans and the Environment (Outdoor Education) or casual walk and talk about the history of Bells, its fantastic surf and the surrounding area.
Tours are $7.50 per person (teachers and support staff free)


Bookings are essential for all tours.

Please contact Surf World by calling 03 5261 4606 or email to secure your booking.


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Membership Program:
Surf World is in the process of setting
up a membership program. Stay tuned
for details.

Volunteer Program
We have limited spaces available for
interested people to join our volunteer



For further information,
Please email
or phone 03 5261 4606.


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Surf World is also home to the Torquay Visitor Centre which provides a variety of information for visitors including things to see and do, attractions, accommodation, and detailed maps. The Centre also offers an internet kiosk and gift shop.

gift shop merchandise

Please email with any retail enquiries. We also offer over the phone purchasing and postage on retail items. Please call 03 5261 4606 for more details.


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The following surfing events are being held in and around the Surf Coast area.

West Coast Open Titles presented by Coopers 5/09 - 6/09
Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach 5/09 - 6/09
Level 1 Surf Coaching Course 12/09 - 13/09
Community Bronze Course - Life Saving Victoria 14/09 - 15/09
Level 2 Surfriding Coaching Course 19/09 - 20/09
Rip Curl GromSearch - Jan Juc 22/09 - 25/09
Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach 29/09 - 03/10
Toll/IPEC and Industry Chalenge 23/10 - 24/10
Surfing Victoria's Annual General Meeting 04/11 - 04/11
Rip Curl-Quiksilver Challenge 12/11 - 12/11
Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage Junior Surf Series 14/11 - 15/11
Phillip Island Kneeboard Classic 21/11 - 22/11
Wahu Surfer Groms Comps - Ev 2 - Ocean Grove (Victoria) 21/11 - 22/11
PISBTW Surfing for Girls presented by GRLmobile & Oakley 13/11 - 14/12


links button surfing/boardriding club

See below for Surfing/ Boardriding Clubs in and around the Surf Coast. These clubs are always on the search for new members and spectators to watch their next surfing competition.


links button surf museums

Surf World Gold Coast 

Surfing Heritage Foundation

California Surf Museum 

The Museum Of British Surfing

Cocoa Beach Surfing Museum

Texas Surf Museum 

Honolulu Surfing Museum

U.S. Surfing Museum

U.S. Surfing Museum


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links button surf schools
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Torquay Surfing Academy
Southern Exposure
West Coast Surf School
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours


links button surf galleries

Barrie Sutherland

Tigerfish Gallery

Steve Ryan Photography

Peter Joli Wilson


John Witzig

Alby Falzon

Café Dbar

Heritage Surf 

Back Beach Noosa

Bell Street Gallery




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Surfing Australia

Surfing Victoria
Surf World Gold Coast
Surf World Gold Coast



contact us

Surf World is also home to the Torquay Visitor Centre which provides a variety of information for visitors including things to see and do, attractions, accommodation, and detailed maps. The Centre also offers an internet kiosk and gift shop.

Telephone: +61 3 5261 4606
Fax: +61 3 5261 4756

Our Location
Surf World is located at Surf City Plaza,
Beach Road, Torquay Victoria 3228.
Melways reference 505 K4.
> Click here to view google map location

Opeing Hours
Surf World is open daily from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week excluding Christmas Day.
Surf World Museum

Admission Prices
ADULT - $12.00, CONCESSION - $8.00, CHILD - $8.00, FAMILY - $30.00


Copyright Surf World 2014