Nestled between the cliffs that line South Eastern Australia's famously beautiful Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach is all about one thing: waves. Home to the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, the world's longest running surf competition, first held in January 1961.
Surrounded on all sides by cliffs, large swells from the Southern Ocean which sweep over the shallow reefs provide the memorable surf.
The waves at Bells vary in size, but where they are most impressive is in their consistency. Bells is known for a consistent right point that breaks on almost any tide, and any wind. This has made it a popular pilgrimage spot and testing ground for the world's most popular surf brands.
The most popular surf contest Rip Curl, is hosted at Easter, however there are other surfing competitions and festivals throughout the summer. It's the perfect place to watch the waves and take in the party culture that sprung up around the competitions.
If you're interested in trying to catch a few waves yourself, you can pick up surfing lessons in nearby Torquay and catch the smaller breaks such as Jan Juc.
There are other things to do nearby besides surf. Driving along the Great Ocean Road, sailing, diving, fishing and windsurfing have been attracting vacationers for many years. Small resorts and seaside hotels dot the coast.
No matter how active you want to get, there's plenty of beautiful, one-of-a-kind natural beauty to take in at Bells Beach.