RECREATE, LISTEN OR ACTIVELY INTERPRET HISTORY
and have fun!
Our Do History page provides examples of how to interact with local history. There are links to some historical activities providing a sense of stepping back in time.
The activities are a way of enjoying all aspects of the area and at the same time learning about the past.
Our Collections provide more than the retelling of historical facts. We have collected stories told by long term residents who provide a sense of a way of life. Our Do History activities often link back to these stories when doing the the walks or scavenger hunts.
Maie, like her mother before treasured and looked after her mother’s and grandmother’s clothes. Some of these date back to the 1850s. Maie held a fashion parade to display the collection before they were donated to the National Trust.
View the wonderful collection here.
We talk to locals who grew up or have been a long term visitor to town. They tell their stories, how they remember their youth and how the town has changed.
View our Memories collection here.
Surf Culture Trail
Torquay commerce grew on the back of the surfing industry. Backyard small business grew to corporations recognised globally. Visit the location gave birth to this surfing industry. Use the free Torquay History App to help you find your way.
Bells track is part of the Surf Coast Walk, that covers the path local surfing pioneers carved through the scrub.
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Enjoy the inland forest of the Ironbark Basin. Discover about Aboriginal lifestyle and enjoy spectacular views along the way. See the remnants of the old Jarosite Mine that operated in the 1920s.
Surf Coast Walk
Opened in 2012 the Surf Coast Walk was developed and funded by a group of government bodies.
The 44 km walk offers natural beauty and easy access. Discover ancient Aboriginal traditions, surf culture and native wildlife.