Australia is a surfer’s paradise, and the country has become synonymous with the iconic laid-back vibe of the tousled-haired surfer dudes who head out into the ocean in the mornings before going to work. There is a full 37,000km of coastline for keen surfers to explore in Australia, and one of the main benefits of getting into the water here in particular is the variety: there are beaches, reefs and point breaks to challenge the most experienced board-riders, but plenty of places where beginners won’t be out of their depth either.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches, with a glistening blue ocean and unbelievably accessible location – it takes as little as half hour to get there from the central station. The southern end of the beach is entirely reserved for surfers, and there is also a dedicated, safety-protected area for ocean swimming. If open-water swimming is not your thing, it may also be worth checking out the Bondi Icebergs saltwater rock swimming pool for doing a few lanes with a beautiful view out over the sands.
Snapper Rocks is found near Coolangatta and offers some of the world’s longest waves suitable for all levels of surfing experience. Snapper Rock plays host to the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and numerous other surfing competitions throughout the year due to its incredible high standard of waves. This does mean that there can be crowds vying for the best waves, but it is testament to the quality of the surf on offer here – and you may pick up some tricks from the Pros!
This New South Wales spot provides a range of different beaches for surfers to choose from, giving this town strong credentials as the number one surf town in Australia. Byron Bay provides surfers with year-round warm water, consistent waves and a nightlife scene that will light up your evenings away from the water. The Pass is situated at the end of Clarks Beach and is Byron’s most famous wave. From here you can view the entire bay and decide what break to surf. Byron Bay also provides beautiful swimming zones at the tip of the cape and a buzzing coffee scene for when you’re keen to dry off.
Located near Torquay on the southern coast of Victoria, Bells Beach is home to the annual Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music festival. Bells Beach is renowned for its powerful swells and exposed reef. A backdrop of red clay cliffs provide for dramatic surroundings, meaning Bells Beach is an equally popular spot with sightseers due to the great vantage points along the cliffs edge. With the exposed reef and excellent right-hand breaks, it is worth noting that Bells Beach is for the more experienced surfer.