Whether you’re a surfing addict or a first timer, if you live in Australia you’ve got to admit we have some seriously amazing beaches to choose from. If you’re just visiting, don’t stress - we’ll give you the hook-up. We’ve picked out the best surfing spots in the country for you, so you don’t have to waste any time thinking about where you’re going to surf this summer.
Point Break Beach, QLD
In Noosa, one of the most sought-after long-board breaks in the world is Point Break, which is popular for all the right reasons. First-timers can paddle alongside pros on the turquoise waves, with the opportunity to catch a ripper 200-metre ride on a good day. The swell here is perfect for beginners, but experienced surfers will enjoy developing their techniques on its long, easy rolling waves.
Snapper Rocks, QLD
Nestled on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks is home to the crown jewel of Australian surfing – the Superbank. The signature barrelling wave stretches the whole way from Snapper to Greenmount beach, making this break a must-do for serious surf-heads.
New South Wales
Crescent Head, NSW
A five-hour drive north of Sydney, Crescent Head is definitely worth the trip. Its point break is admired by longboarders all around the world, and some of the best surfers have been filmed here performing nose rides. Not to mention, the clear waters are some of the most beautiful on the east coast.
Bondi Beach, NSW
This one’s pretty obvious but Sydney's world-famous Bondi Beach caters for all surfing levels. Only 30 minutes from the city, Bondi is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Eager surfers know to head to the south side of the beach for powerful right-handers, while newbies can enrol themselves in surfing lessons. And if you need a break from paddling you’ve got mint local cafes and bars to choose from!
Byron Bay, NSW
If you’re after a bit of a road trip, look no further than Byron Bay – easily one of the most iconic places to surf. Its most popular beach, The Pass, is renowned for its incredible swell - its right hand point breaks and winter swell keep it at the top of the list all year round. Long, unbelievable waves unfold without stopping for the sake of surfers. If you want to visit some more Byron beaches, beginners will love Belongil Beach or main beach for their consistent waves, while experts will be in heaven at Tallow Beach.
Bells Beach, VIC
Home to Australian surfing, Bells Beach attracts some of the worlds finest professional surfers – and that says something about its prime swell. The waves of the Southern Ocean slow down on the shallow reefs to produce mean waves that can reach more than five metres – a must-do for experienced surfers!
Strickland Bay, WA
Just off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is home to some of the most enticing surfing spots in Australia. Strickland Bay has been ranked in the top 50 breaks in the world – thanks to its consistent world-class waves that break over its coral reef.
Margaret River, WA
If you’re feeling daring and up for a challenge, hit up Margaret River for some of the most spectacular surf on earth. On the World Surfing League tour it’s recognised as one of the more difficult surf locations – with only a few surfers being able to adapt to its tricky conditions. While spectacular, be careful, as it’s notorious not only for its challenging surf – but also for sharks.
Vivonne Bay, SA
You’ll need a four-wheel drive and a ferry ticket to get to the best surfing spots on Kangaroo Island, but it’s 100% worth it. Vivonne Bay is the Island’s surfing jewel and suits surfers of all abilities – but if you’re an advanced surfer check out Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park.
Eyre Peninsula, SA
Who said South Australia doesn’t have beaches? Eyre Peninsula boasts four amazing surfing spots: Fowlers Bay, Cactus Beach, Venus Bay and Blackfellows Beach. Venus Bay can be surfed in all conditions – because it’s an exposed reef break you can surf here at all times of the year.
Just kidding… there’s no surfing in the Northern Territory. Although the beaches here are beautiful, unless you’re willing to surf alongside jellyfish and crocs, most surfers avoid the beaches in the Northern Territory.
South Cape Bay, TAS
Home to intense, cold-water breaks and waves, South Cape Bay is Australia’s southernmost surf beach – so make sure you bring your warmest wettie! Travelling there is part of the fun, with a 7.7km trek through World Heritage-listed wilderness being the only way to access it. You’ll be rewarded with an untouched beach boasting big, clean waves and few fellow surfers to compete with.