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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 35mm, ISO: 400, Aperture: f14, Shutter: 1/800

Bells Beach is in Victoria, Australia, located 100 km south-west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road near the towns of Torquay and Jan Juc. It is named after John Cavert Bell of the family that first took up a pastoral run here in the 1840s. It is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches and is the home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition – the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival. The event was formerly known as the Bells Beach Surf Classic. The competition was first held in January 1961 and then at Easter every year since although occasionally, when conditions at Bells aren’t suitable, the competition has been transferred to other breaks such as Johanna. As early as 1939 surfers from Torquay made their way to Bells but access was a considerable problem until 1960 when Torquay surfers and Olympic wrestler Joe Sweeney hired a bulldozer and cleared a road along the Bells cliff from the Cobb & Co Road, where the concrete wave now stands, down to the beach. He charged one pound per surfer to recover his expenses. This is now part of the Torquay to Anglesea walking track.


bells beach, great ocean road, victoria, seascapes, beaches, landscapes

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    You have done a magnificent job of photographing this iconic beach! The movement in the waves and the backwash is superb.

  • I really appreciate such a lovely comment Bette. Thank you very much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful view …

  • Thank so much Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 2 years ago

  • Wow, I’m thrilled. Thank you so much Kathy for featuring this image in Canon DSLR.

    – Christine Smith

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 2 years ago

  • I really appreciate you selecting this image for a feature in Country Victoria. Thank you so much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 2 years ago

    wonderful :)

  • Thank you very much Kristina.

    – Christine Smith

  • stjc
    stjcabout 2 years ago

    Cowabunga dude! An iconic beach and such an important part of Australian surfing history beautifully captured. Steve

  • Glad that you like it Steve. Thanks so much for your kind words.

    – Christine Smith

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 2 years ago

    A wonderful capture of this world renowned beach. Makes me want to go and blow the dust off my surfboard!. Great work Christine.
    Take care

  • A perfect place to return to surfing. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment Peter.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynden
    Lyndenabout 2 years ago

    Lovely photo Christine!

  • Thank you Lynden.

    – Christine Smith

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous! Oh how I wish I were there right now! At least I can fav it and keep it forever!

  • So glad that you like it. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Christine Smith

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