Bells Beach is a few minutes' drive past Torquay. The beach is a Mecca for surfers and holds the World Championship on a regular basis thanks to its enormous, but clean and predictable waves.
The ocean is calm and the tide is out, yet the swell still reaches a good metre-and-half in height. The secret of Bells’ success seems to rest with the way the Southern Ocean hits the headland (at 45 degree angle) and with the unique pattern of the underwater plateau. Both combined, these factors give birth to mighty ripples that first appear only a few hundred metres from the shore.
The shoreline is much younger than for example that of Queensland; the sand is of deep yellow colour and contains lots of sediments that turn certain sections almost black. Also, limestone cliffs that formed the coastline haven't had the time yet to disintegrate into fine sand, leaving plenty of evidence in the shape of smaller rocky outcrops and underwater plateaus that are scattered in a random fashion around the coastal waters.
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Photo taken in 235 Jarosite Road, Bells Beach VIC 3216, Australia
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