Australia has over 10,000 beaches, so it might be hard to find the best one for surfing. Whether you are trying something new or have been catching waves for years, there’s something for everyone. Here is a list of some of the best surfing beaches in Australia with something for all skill levels.
Noosa is located on the East Coast of Australia in Queensland and is a great place for surfing, whether you are a beginner or a bit of an expert. The two main spots recommended by locals are Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay, but if you are a beginner, the main beach has some calm waves for you to practice on. Noosa holds a surf festival every year, where record-level competitors come each year as well as thousands of spectators.
One of Australia’s most famous beaches, Byron Bay, has some of the best waves to catch. The pass at the end of Clarke’s Beach will sometimes be swamped with surfers, as it is one of the best spots to ride some waves. Year-round, from dusk to dawn, surfers will be found hitting the beautiful waters. Byron, which is in the southeast of Queensland, offers great opportunities to learn by holding surf camps and lessons to help beginners be comfortable and skilled when taking their boards out.
The Gold Coast, located on the south coast of Queensland, has some of the best and most consistent waves in all of Australia. It hosts the first round of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour. Some of the best spots to ride the waves can be found at Main Beach, The Narrowneck, Palm Beach, and Mermaid Beach. It also provides excellent boogie boarding opportunities.
Bells Beach, Torquay
Bells Beach is Victoria’s most famous surf beach and is even sometimes referred to as the “spiritual home of surfing.” Bells Beach has waves reaching up to 5 meters and higher! The best time of year to head out here for the biggest waves is between April and October. Torquay is also the home of the well-known surf brand Rip Curl.
Prevalley Bay, Margaret River
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the west coast of Australia. Prevalley Bay is one of the best beaches in Western Australia. It was once a small little town with not much traction from tourists but is now internationally known for its amazing surf. Here you may see surfers wearing helmets as there are jagged rocks nearby and waves up to six meters. If you’re not a pro surfer, Yallingup Beach is only 44 kilometers away and has better options for less experienced surfers.
Bondi is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in the world. Even has its own tv show about the lifeguards. At Bondi, there are numerous surf schools and board rental shops. If you’re an advanced surfer, you’d definitely go down to the southern head of the beach to locate some bigger, stronger waves. If you’re just starting out, it’s best to ride close to the sandbanks in the middle of the beach or on the northern side.
Kangaroo Island, located in South Australia, is not only famous for its honey making bees and sweet white wines but also its epic surf. To get to some of the locations where you might surf next to dolphins, you’ll need an off-road vehicle. Watch out for rips while you’re near Hanson Bay’s harsher reefs. For surfers seeking solitude and a place to get away from the masses, Kangaroo Island is a better option.
With surf spots all across the Mornington Peninsula, you will be spoiled for choice. There are so many possibilities for both novice and advanced surfers. On the peninsula, Point Leo’s, Gunnamatta, and Portsea Back Beach are a few of the great locations. Be sure to go relax at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs once you’ve finished surfing.
Broome is located in western Australia’s upper north west. Only during the wet season will you actually encounter large swells in this region, which are brought on by cyclonic weather. There are many locations to rent boards at Cable Beach and the surf is modest and easy. At Cable Beach, the water is frequently warm and has a long dry season for good surf.
There are countless amounts of beaches to choose from when deciding where to surf in Australia. Some of these are some great surf spots I recommend checking out if you’re looking at trying out surfing or on the hunt for some killer waves to catch. You will be spoiled for choice on your travels in Australia.