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Australian National Surfing Museum

77 Beach Rd Torquay

What’s more frightening than a Great White Shark?

How about a mega shark almost twice the size of the biggest Great Whites alive today… It’s not a Hollywood script but a real prehistoric mega shark (Carcharocles Angustidens), with its fossilised teeth found on the Surf Coast. Likewise, the predatory whale Janjucetus Hunderi (25 million years old) whose fossil skull was found at Jan Juc. (Hence the name Janjucetus)

The new Fossil Beach exhibition at the Australian National Surfing Museum features life-size reproductions of these unique prehistoric creatures, actual fossils, films, kid’s activities and more. It also tells the stories of significant fossil finds along the Surf Coast.

Alongside Fossil Beach, the museum focusses on the amazing activity that is riding waves. Through a range of informative displays, an unrivalled array of surfing-related objects and breathtaking films on big screens, the museum traces more than a century of developments in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes.

An unmatched collection of more than 150 surfboards reflect the extraordinary changes in shapes, designs and materials that have been used across the eras, from a pair of 100-year-old solid timber boards from Hawaii to super-light and sleek contemporary craft, plus extremely rare gems from the personal quivers of some of the sport’s legends.

The Australian Surfing Hall of Fame tells the stories of the country’s pioneering figures and greatest champions, while dozens of stunning photos and other exhibits showcase different aspects of surfing’s unique culture.

The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day (except Christmas Day). Entry prices are $12 for adults, $8 for students, pensioners and children (aged 16 and under), and $25 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). Children aged five and under are free entry.