The Location: Bells Beach is located three miles southwest of the town of Torquay (the birthplace of Rip Curl and Quicksilver), on the “Great Ocean Road” following the coast of Victoria in southeastern Australia.
The Activity: Surfing
The final scene in Point Break takes place at Bells Beach (where Bodhi presumably dies surfing a lethal wave in the “50-Year Storm”), but it wasn’t actually filmed there. The real Bells Beach is a straight stretch, not a cove, and more dramatic, with a narrow swath of smooth, golden sand set against high cliffs. Bells is a reef break — exposed to a range of swells from southern ocean storms — for experienced surfers only. Waves usually range from 2 to 12 feet, but can top out as high as 16. The official surf season starts in March, highlighted by the annual Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition held on Easter Weekend, and lasting until October.
What Else to Do: Bells Beach is also a fun spot to fish, as the water is quite deep just off the shore. In low tide, you can fish right from the beach along the reef. The Great Ocean Road (151 miles from Torquay to Allansford) is one of the world’s most famous coastal drives, traversing beaches, cliffs, and rainforests with numerous turnoffs for viewpoints and hikes. Don’t miss the Twelve Apostles — otherworldly limestone stack formations jutting up from the ocean just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park.
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