With such an extended coastline stretching on more the 50.000 km of coastline bathed by the waters of three oceans (Indian, Austral and South Pacific), Australia can be rightfully called the surfers' paradise. Ever since Beach Boys mentioned Narrabeen (one of Sydney's best beaches) in their song Surfin' USA, Australia has been associated with this sport's image. Indeed, surfing is an essential part of the Australian culture. No wonder this is where we find the headquarters of some of the most prestigious brands in this area like Quicksilver, Billabong or Rip Curl.
North Narrabeen - Wikimedia Commons/Peter Woodard
Bells Beach, Bondi, Margaret River, Kirra, Cactus, Manly, The Pass, Superbank … These few names alone are enough to depict the surfing paradise image of this country. Moreover, while in Australia, you don't have to get away too much from the city in order to find a hot surfing spot with great waves and favourable currents.
New South Wales
Sydney is not only Australia's most vibrant urban centre; it is also home to an impressive number of surfing spots, which dot the coastline from Many to Avalon. Located 30 km away from the city, North Narrabeen is very popular with the locals, but less known by the tourists who come to Australia especially to practice their favourite water sport. The currents generated by the nearby lake create sand banks, which in their turn, generate great waves.
Bondi Beach - Flickr/glennharper
Bondi Beach is already a legend and not only for the locals. However, a bit further South, you will find Tamarama beach – a surfing spot reserved to the experts. Stretching along the trendy neighbourhood with the same name, Tamarama beach is actually one of the most dangerous areas of the Australian coastline. The waves (that can reach up to 4.5 meters) lead to many accidents each year.
Located midway between Port-Macquarie and Newcastle, Boomerang Beach in Pacific Palms is not only a great surfing spot, but also the place where you can swim with the dolphins.
A popular summer destination, Byron Bay is also home to some great surfing beaches like Tallows, Main Beach, and Belongil. Another great place to practice this sport in New South Wales, Lennox Head is almost entirely populated by surfers.
Maybe less frequented by tourists than New South Wales, this Australian state has its share of surfing beaches, and they are not to be overlooked. Situated on the South –Western coast, places like Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale, Torquay, and Bells Beach as well as other spots along the Great Ocean Road make great surfing venues.
Bells Beach - Flickr/Vylen
Bells Beach is actually the spiritual home of the Australian surf. With waves up to 5 meters, the conditions you find here stand to the place's reputation. Bells Beach is also the venue for some of the most prestigious surfing competitions such as Rip Curl Pro.
On Phillip Island, you can enjoy practising your favourite water sport on Smiths Beach, while on Mornington Peninsula, the best places for this activity are Point Leo, Flinders, Gunnamatta, Rye and Portsea.
If you are travelling to Australia for the amazing water sports opportunities this country offers, Queensland will not disappoint you. Although the surfing champion Kelly Slater clearly stated he does not include this beach in his top 10, Kirra Beach is certainly one of the most popular and trendy surfing spots in Australia.
Kirra Beach - Flickr/Michael Dawes
With 2 km of sand bank, stretching from Snapper Rocks to Kirra Point, Superbank is another great surfing venue. Other places worth mentioning are the beached tucked between Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, North Stradbroke Island, at Moreton Bay, Caloundra and Alexandra Heads on Sunshine Coast.
If you want to surf in Western Australia, you will probably head to Margaret River, and you would be right to do exactly that. Although this region is better known for its wine, you will find here great venues to catch some waves. Located 250 km South of Perth, Yallingup is the best surfing spot in this part of the country. While you're there, don't forget to check out The Three Bears.
Are you in for some adrenaline rush? Well, it's a part of the whole surfing experience anyway. However, if you pick to catch the waves in Prevelly Park, you will live something totally different. With waves going over 6 meters in height, Prevelly Park is practically reserved to the experts. If you think you are one of them, don't hesitate! Just be ware of the rocks and depth level differences, and don't forget to brink your protecting helmet.
Even if you don't dare face the uncontrollable forces of nature, Prevelly Park is worth visiting anyway. You will certainly enjoy put on the sea's stage by the skilled surfers who have the guts to fight with the sea.
Other surfing spots worth mentioning in Western Australia are Trigg Point and Scarborough Beach (North of Perth), Geraldton and Kalbarri (in the North), Denmark on the Austral Ocean (in the South).
The sharks' often visits to Cactus Beach (worldwide famous pour its quality), make this Australian region less popular with surfers.
If you are, however, in South Australia, you should check out Streaky Bay and Greenly Beach (on the Western side of the Eyre Peninsula), Pennington Bay (where you will find the best waves of Kangaroo Island), Pondalowie Bay and Stenhouse Bay (in Innes National Park), Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton Beach.
Tasmania is the Australian place to visit if you want to experience nature at its best. Indeed, this is also true about surfing, especially if we think about Eaglehawk Neck. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, 80 km away from Hobart, Eaglehawk Neck is popular with wild nature lovers. Beware, the crystal clear waters are very cold. However, you will appreciate the opportunity of meeting wild creatures like dolphins, whales and seals.
Eaglehawk Neck - Flickr/Charlievdb
Still in Tasmania, but on the North-Western coast, you will like Marrawah with its gigantic waves. St. Helens and Bicheno (on the Eastern coast), Cremorne Point and Clifton Beach (in Hobart's proximity) are other surfing spots worth mentioning.