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Torquay is labelled "Gateway to the Great Ocean Road" and the town is popular given its proximity to this major Australian attraction. However, the town is even more famous for its surfing spots. Beaches such as Torquay Beach and world famous Bells Beach, making the township a very popular surfing destination. Bells Beach is also the home the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival. Notable surf companies like Quiksilver, Piping Hot, and Rip Curl are based in Torquay.