THE SURF COAST
A.K.A. Victoria’s Coastal Trail Mecca.
For runners, there is a myriad of inspiring runs to enjoy, on road, track and trail. In fact, we reckon that if you’re happy to forgo serious mountain missions, the Surf Coast offers some of the best trails for singletrack connoisseurs.
Of course, when you’re done running, the beauty of it is that there’s so much more to explore – waterfall walks, art houses, sensational culinary experiences, wineries, farm gate produce, micro-breweries, and of course plenty of wild beach landscapes to take in plus the Great Ocean Road. So stay the weekend, and explore.
Begin your journey here: visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
Famous for surfing (hello Bells Beach), Torquay is, of course, also our host town, and there’s plenty to do in the days before and after your Afterglow Run. Check out all that Torquay is about from restaurants, cafes and breweries, to shopping, surfing and a bunch of outdoor activities (golf-surf-run weekend anyone?) at iamtorquay.com.au.
Check out a huge range of accommodation options here: Accommodation
Need information on how to get to the Surf Coast. Check here: Travel
To ensure you get the most from your stay on the spectacular Surf Coast, drop into the Anglesea Visitor Centre conveniently located on the bank of the Anglesea River, opposite Surf Coast Hub.
OTHER SURF COAST RUNS
For runners in particular, the Surf Coast offers endless options and plenty of events throughout the year.
Download a free map from www.surfcoastwalk.com.au to plan your next training session on the spectacular, easily accessed trails. The Lorne Waterfall loop behind Lorne is worth exploring, also.
We reckon that the Surf Coast is a bit of a hidden trail treasure-trove. There exists a huge network of trails to run on, through rainforests, along clifftops, into gorges and weaving through unique heathland.
A great group that welcomes anyone along on its many social runs, taking place from the You Yangs to the coastal stretches, is the Surf Coast Trail Runners group. Check in, join and get along to one of their super fun runs:
There are also plenty of great running events that we encourage you to come back down Surf Coast way for, including:
Great Ocean Road Marathon (road) / May
Surf Coast Trail Marathon (that’s us) / June
Wonderfalls Trail Run (trail) / August
Surf Coast Century (trail) / September
Salomon Trail Run R4 (trail) / September
Roo Run (trail) / December
Tim Gates Memorial Run / December
Bells Bash (trail) / January