Whether you're a novice or pro you'll find the waves you're after in Australia. It's blessed with beaches, reefs and point breaks to challenge even the most experienced board-riders. For beginners and the less experienced, there are plenty of easy-rolling swells so you can get out there safely and confidently. If you're learning to surf there are plenty of surf schools all over Australia to help you get out there and amongst it.
With 37,000 km of coastline and 10,685 different beaches, it's no surprise Australia is renowned for its surf. Discover Australia's legendary surf with our guide some of the most awesome surf spots in Australia.
Otherwise known as Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast has no shortage of top surf spots. Ride some of the world's longest waves at the Snapper Rocks in Rainbow Bay. Snapper Rocks also hosts some of Australia's main surfing events such as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, Rip Curl Masters, and MP Classic.
Head north from Brisbane for the secluded surf beaches of the Bribie and Moreton Islands. Enjoy the clean, uncrowded waves of the Sunshine Coast in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Learn to surf in Noosa, where the pristine beaches are fringed by bushland.
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City and surf meet in Sydney, with easy-to-reach ocean beaches a bus ride from the city centre.
Learn to surf at the world-famous Bondi beach. North of the harbour bridge, surf at Manly or dominate the empty waves in, Queenscliff, Curl Curl, Avalon and Palm Beach. Further north you’ll find Crescent Head and Angourie surfing reserve before the breaks of relaxed surf-town Byron Bay.
From Melbourne, head south-west to picturesque Torquay, gateway to Victoria's Surf Coast on the Great Ocean Road. Visit legendary Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival Bird Rock. You'll find gentler waves at popular Jan Juc, Point Impossible and Point Danger.
The surf is almost always up in Apollo Bay and on the Shipwreck Coast, past Cape Otway. You'll find great surf beaches at Warrnambool, Port Fairy, and Portland. Southeast of Melbourne head to the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula or further east to Phillip Island.
Surfing adventure abounds in Tasmania. Paddle out at Park and Clifton beaches near Hobart or venture further to Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula.
On windswept Bruny Island, you can brave the big breaks at Cloudy Bay or carry your board through the World Heritage Area to South Cape Bay.
On the northern coast, a huge swell comes from the Bass Strait. Try Tam O’Shanter north-east of Launceston. Marrawah is Tasmania’s westernmost settlement and home to its biggest surf. Pull-on your wetsuit and throw yourself onto the huge Southern Ocean swells.
It's a short drive from Adelaide to the surf beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Find reef and beach breaks from Christies to Sellicks in the centre, to huge swells in the south from Goolwa to Parsons.
For beginners, Kangaroo Island offers easy-rolling beach breaks at Stokes, Vivonne and Pennington Bays. More experienced surfers should head to Hanson and D'Estrees Bays for fearsome waves. Ride waves on the international surfing stage in Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula. On the vast Eyre Peninsula, learn to surf at Venus Bay or tackle the legendary breaks of Cactus Beach.
Located 267 km south of Perth, the Margaret River or "Margs" has to be one of Australia's most spectacular surf spots. Margaret River, paddle out with the surfing elite at Surfers Point or tackle the monster swells at The Box, North Point, Smiths and Three Bears.
Further south, you'll find ten-foot waves at Yallingup Reef and two-handers in Gracetown. In Esperance, there's great waves created by the hundreds of islands and reefs in the area.
In Perth, you can surf the powerful waves of Trigg Island or try the ocean swell of Scarborough or Cottesloe. On nearby Rottnest Island, Strickland Bay is one of many surfing gems.