Best Surf Beaches in Australia
Australia's top surf beaches and surfing websites
Australia's large coastline offers over 10,000 beaches and some pretty excellent world standard surfing spots.
This list of 10 great surf beaches in Australia is just the tip of the iceberg. It's designed as an introduction to some great spots and offers lots of links to help you come up with even more great beaches to surf in your travels.
You will also find some great links to help you plan a surfing holiday in Australia.
Australia has 12,500 kilometres of coastline - that's a lot of waves!
Bondi Beach - Australia's most famous beach
Just 7km east of the Harbour in Sydney's eastern suburbs Bondi is our best known beach. It even has its own reality TV show Bondi Rescue. It's home to 10,000 people, backpacker hostels, cafes, bars and restaurants Bondi is often the first stop for visitors to Sydney. Bondi is home to the world's first surf lifesaving club.
Watch the lifesavers rescue all the crazy tourists
A quick dip at the beach never seems as dangerous as it can be. Watch the lifeguards go about their day rescuing swimmers and learn how to be safe in the surf at the same time.
Byron Bay - NSW - A stop-over on the way to Queensland.
Byron Bay is a favourite stop on the east coast run. Only 165km south of the Queensland border it is known for its laid back lifestyle and good surf. It is also a great place to scuba dive, whale watch and sky dive.
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Snapper Rocks - QLD - Home to the annual Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro.
This is a pretty busy spot; in fact some consider it to have some of the finest breaks in Australia. Each year in late Feb. to early March surfers from around the world compete in the 12 day Roxy and Quicksilver Professional competitions. The waves here are said to be among the best in the world.
Snapper Rocks Aerial Shot
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Just over 20km's from the centre of Sydney North Narrabeen is part of Sydney's northern beaches and home to some pretty amazing surf. Surf competitions including the Coca Cola classic are held here. The beach is home to two time world champ Damien Hardman.
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Merewether Beach - Newcastle NSW
Mereweather Beach is in Newcastle about 2 hours north of Sydney. It is home to the Indigenous surfing competition the Wandiyali Indigenous Classic. Newcastle is a great weekend trip from Sydney and a great first stop on the great trip north.
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Australia's best surf beaches
Bells Beach - Victoria - Home of the annual Rip Curl Pro surf
Bells Beach is 100kms south west of Melbourne just before the start of the Great Ocean Road. It is home to the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition, the longest running competition in the world which was first held in 1961. The movie Point Break's closing scene was set at Bells but was actually filmed in North America.
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Plan a surfing holiday in Australia - Surfing blogs and website to help plan your visit
- Real Surf
Real surf offers videos, daily news and a forum that is useful browsing for anyone wanting to surf in Australia
- Surf world museum
When the surf is not cooperating check out this great museum near Victoria's Bells Beach.
- Coastal Watch
Surf cams, swell forecasts, videos and even a facebook page to help you track down current info to help you plan you next surf.
- Surfing Australia
Surfing Australia is a non profit organisation formed in the 1960s to promote surfing in Australia. These days their website and facebook page provide up to date information about many aspects of surfing, surf education and history.
If you like charts and stats you will love this page. The site includes weather forecasts, surf cams, blogs and the latest news from all the surf competitions.
All things Bondi - Aquabumps website features amazing images of Bondi beach updated daily. There is also a noticeboard for accommodation and other posts and a latest news section where you can keep up to date with the latest news from the Aquabumps g
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Surfer's Point - Margaret River WA - Home to the Margaret River Pro
Margaret River is about 4 hours south of Perth in Western Australia. This magical place offers surfers over 40 breaks and is relatively quiet. Added bonus, it's also a wine region.
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