Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, The Australian National Surfing Museum is closed to the public.

Discover the fun, fear, colour and beauty of riding waves in the world’s largest surfing museum.

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Current Exhibition

Waves and Wheels

In the late 1950s and early 1960s surfing became part of a youth movement that swept the world, as music, fashion and language became centered around the beach. Surf adventure became a central part of the surfing experience as surfers and their friends started exploring the Australian coast in wagons, vans and other surfmobiles in search of fun times and perfect waves.

The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

 

It charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through the colourful and exciting permanent displays of an extraordinary collection of surfcraft, important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage.

An unforgettable experience, the Australian National Surfing Museum offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. It’s a place where you can experience surfing’s sense of fun and marvel at the changes that have taken place over the years.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Story of Australian Surfing

Key stories and imagery tracing over 100 years of surfing in Australia.

150+ Surfboard Collection

Displaying a selection of century-old ‘dinosaur’ slabs to modern water-rockets, with examples of almost everything that came in-between.

Bells Trophies

The world’s most iconic surfing trophies from the world’s longest running surfing contest.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Australian Surfing Hall of Fame

The Australian Surfing Hall of Fame recognises the “Titans” of Australian surfing, their success, contributions and achievements. Each inductee is celebrated via a tribute surfboard which features a biography highlighting the life and significant impact each have made on competitive surfing, surfboard design, surfing culture or administration.

Board room

Stroll the Boardwalk to explore the evolution of surfboard designs and materials – from century-old solid timber historic boards, through hollow plywood “toothpicks”, balsa and fibreglass Malibu-style, to contemporary and futuristic composite construction craft.

Surf Culture

Our Surf Culture displays include a diverse range of important artefacts, artworks, trophies, historic photos, books, clothing, wetsuits and other memorabilia that reflect different eras from the past 100 years.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

  • review rating 5  Not that into surfing but the museum is really interesting and clearly thoughtfully curated.

    thumb Joel Evans
    1/13/2020

    review rating 5  When in Torquay, the home to world famous surf location, Bells beach, a must see, is the iconic Australian National Surf Museum. With a vast selection of surfing memorabilia from the early board styles, through to the latest design shapes, it traces the history of surfing in infinate detail, with the aid of classic movie footage, plus a myriad tactile, hands on items from the past, to capture the imagination of young and old alike. 😎

    thumb Paul Armistead
    3/24/2019

    review rating 5  Always worth a visit while in Torquay. It really helps to understand how surfing is really entrenched in the Australian culture and history, especially in this specific region.

    thumb Marco Celon
    3/03/2020
  • review rating 5  Awesome display. So many memories from years past. Recommend highly

    thumb Geoff Smith
    3/05/2020

    review rating 5  History and heritage. Brilliantly covers all aspects of surfing culture since the beginning.

    thumb Luke Grounds
    1/05/2020

    review rating 5  History of surfing, brilliant to see the names of yesteryear and the boards that were used in their quest for championships

    thumb Alf Corbett
    12/12/2019

EXPLORE OUR COLLECTIONS

Sharing surfing stories and collection items with the world, in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture. The ANSM represents surfing amongst the pantheon of Australian sports as part of the Australia: Great Sporting Land project. Experience the museum walk-through and see our objects in HD.

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Australian National Surfing Museum

77 Beach Rd
Torquay VIC 3228
Australia

OPENING HOURS

9am – 5pm
7 days a week
364 days a year
(Closed Christmas Day)

ADMISSION

Adult $12,
Student/Pensioner Concession $8
Child (aged 16 and under) $8
Family $25.

PLEASE NOTE: General admission prices are for self-guided tours with no time limit.

Group Discounts
Please see Education / Group Tours for details.

CONTACT

03 5261 4606
ansm@surfcoast.vic.gov.au
77 Beach Road
Torquay Victoria 3228