Australia’s Best Surf Spots
Surfer John McCarthy once said, “surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven”. If that’s your life motto, you will fall in love with Australia’s stunning beaches. Famous for its amazing surf beaches, you can travel the country in search of that perfect wave – and chances are you will find it.
The sunshine state is the preferred destination for seasoned surfers. With 57km of superb coastlines, the Gold Coast is a true surfer’s paradise. In the south end, the Snapper Rocks “Super Bank” near Coolangatta is famous worldwide for its long, consistent waves. Keep going up the coast and check out the waves at Currumbin, Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Nobby Beach, Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach. The Sunshine Coast has many other great (and quiet) surf destinations, including Caloundra, Moolooloba , Maroochydore, Coolum Beach and Noosa Heads which are definitely worth the trip up the Queensland coast.
New South Wales
You’ll be spoilt for choice in a state with 1,590km of coastline and 892 spectacular beaches! The North Coast is home to the famous point-break at Lennox Head, and also to Angourie and Crescent Head. Around Sydney there are plenty of options, ranging from the super popular and crowded Bondi Beach to the calmer Northern Beaches, from Manly to Palm Beach and every other beach in between. If you’re on the South Coast, check out the magnificent Killalea National Surfing Reserve to experience 250 hectares of coastal reserves!
It is impossible to talk about surfing in Australia without mentioning legendary Bells Beach, where Rip Curl Pro, the most prestigious professional surfing event in the country, takes place. But the waves can get quite intimidating over there, rising to five metres or more, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing surf head to Jan Juc, Point Impossible and Point Danger.
With reefs, points and beach breaks, the 12,000km of coastline will not let you down in expansive WA. For the experienced surfer, the powerful waves at Sufers Point in Margaret River are a must. If they still aren’t enough for you, you can find even bigger challenges at The Box, North Point, Smiths and Three Bears. Yallingup Reef is a fantastic option, famous for its ten-foot waves. In Perth, Trigg Island offers some powerful waves to get your heart pumping. Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island are worth a visit for their serene beauty as well.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is the place to go if you want a great surf scene in South Australia. From Christies to Sellicks, you will find plenty of beach breaks and from Goolwa to Parsons there are some huge swells waiting for you.
There’s a reason why Australia is famous for its surfing. If you’re an experienced surfer or just wanting to get into it, you will not be disappointed.
Article by Luiza C: Luiza graduated as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and came to Sydney to study film. Movies, theatre, dance, music and travelling (and writing about it all) are just some of the things that inspire her.
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