Surfing 'round Australia

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Surfing 'round Australia

So you're travelling to Australia and you're bringing a board (or seven).. Here are some of the best Aussie surf spots worthy of a ride!

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Plenty of variety between longboarding and shortboarding breaks. QLD is a more tropical part of Australia but can still get chilly in the winter mornings so pack a wetsuit just in case!

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Noosa National Park
Island:Longboarders, this one's for you! Noosa Heads offers quiet waves in turquoise waters, perfect for beginners but also for more experienced surfers who want to develop their techniques. A long and easy wave, nice for all levels.
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North Stradbroke Island
Island:Stradbroke Island has several surf spots. Located at the NorthWestern end of the island, Point Lookout is the most easterly point of Queensland. The main beach stretches south for 34km. The waves are usually big on the main beach and it's a popular spot for the goofy footers!
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Burleigh Heads
Island:Surfing in Burleigh has the reputation of being one of the best places to surf in Australia and is known around the world as having "one of the most beautiful and mystical point breaks". Good for beginners but just as good for the more experienced depending on the conditions.
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New South Wales

Wide variety of breaks once again, definitely need the wetty!

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Treachery Beach
Island:Lighthouse Beach, Treachery Beach and Seal Rocks are south-facing and known for generating really nice waves when the swell comes from the south.This part of the NSW coast has remained miraculously undeveloped, there are no big cities around, just small villages that will make your trip even more authentic. And dolphins are not rare, they often swim a few meters from the beaches.
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Crescent Head
Island:The shoreline that begins just north of Port Macquarie to Crescent Head is accessible via the Point Plomer Road, which borders the coast for 25 km. Along this route, four right-hand point breaks are tailor-made for long-time, intermediate and beginner surfers. The Crescent Head point break is revered by longboarders from around the world, and some of the best surfers have been filmed here performing hangin' 10.
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The Pass
Island:Explore Byron Bay and you'll find a multitude of surf spots, but the most famous is at the end of Clarkes Beach; The Pass. Long, unbelievable waves that unfold without stopping for the sake of surfers, especially when there is no crowd.
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Lennox Head
Island:Longtime photographed, filmed and flattered, the point break at the right in Lennox Head produces one of the most famous waves of Australia, regularly ranked among the top 10. Powerful waves, rather reserved for the experienced surfers.


Some of the most iconic surf spots in Australia can be found in Victoria - here are a couple worth checking out.

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Bells Beach
Island:Historically and spiritually, Bells Beach is home to Australian surfing and is still the site of the country's oldest and most prestigious professional surf event, the Rip Curl Pro. The waves of the Southern Ocean slow down and weigh on the shallow reefs to produce exceptional waves that can reach five meters or more. This one's not for kooks!
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Island:The birthplace of iconic surfing brands Quicksilver and Rip Curl, Torquay is a coastal town 100km west of Melbourne. Torquay is considered the surfing capital of Australia and offers reef and beach breaks suitable for advanced surfers as well as beginners.

South Australia

Whilst the East Coast tends to be the favourite for travelling surfers, there are plenty of adventures to be had in the south.

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Kangaroo Island
Island:You’ll need a four-wheel drive and a ticket on the ferry to reach some of the best surfing breaks on Kangaroo Island, but it’s worth the effort. The level of difficulty ranges from gentle locations such as Pennington Bay and Stokes Bay right up to the rocky points at Hanson Bay.
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Yorke Peninsula Council
Island:Yorke Peninsula is the laid-back holiday destination is just two hour's drive from Adelaide and offers plenty of surf breaks, deserted beaches and camping sites. How good!

Western Australia

Ahh good 'ole WA. The least populated stretch of coastline in Australia and home to some incredible waves!

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Margaret River
Island:This area has 75 breaks spread across 130kms of coastline. It's also home to famous reef breaks such as The Box, Rivadog and Mainbreak.
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Island:More specifically Gnaraloo, this coastline stretches along 57km and is home to a number of exposed reef breaks that put on their best performance in winter. The waves are suitable for more experienced surfers, and many travel across the world to take a stab at the famous Tombstones, the epicenter of surfing at Gnaraloo.


If you can brave the cold, here's a wave that will make your tummy turn.

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Ship Stern Bluff
Island:Big wave surfers have come from all over the world to test their skills at ‘Shippies’ including champions Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. The waves break about 150m off the coast so you’ll need a long paddle or have a friend tow you in. Not for the faint hearted!

Wonderguide map

  1. Noosa National Park
  2. North Stradbroke Island
  3. Burleigh Heads
  4. Treachery Beach
  5. Crescent Head
  6. The Pass
  7. Lennox Head
  8. Bells Beach
  9. Torquay
  10. Kangaroo Island
  11. Yorke Peninsula Council
  12. Margaret River
  13. Ningaloo
  14. Ship Stern Bluff

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