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Best Surf Beaches in Australia

Updated on October 9, 2014

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

Bondi Rescue-Series 3
Bondi Rescue-Series 3

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.

Belongil Beach, Byron Bay
Belongil Beach, Byron Bay | Source

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.

Find out more about Byron Bay

Great guide for your travels along Australia's East Coast

Lonely Planet East Coast Australia (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet East Coast Australia (Travel Guide)

If you are planning on travelling along Australia's east coast this book is a good investment. It traces the classic road trip with trips on what to see and do along the way.


Snapper Rocks - QLD - Home to the annual Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro.

Snapper Rocks
Snapper Rocks

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.

Find out more about Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks Aerial Shot

Perfect book to build your own surfing bucket list

Pilgrimage: 50 Places to Surf Before You Die
Pilgrimage: 50 Places to Surf Before You Die

Discover the 50 best breaks in the world. This best selling book is a great gift for surfers. Part travel guide part coffee table masterpiece.


North Narrabeen

Narrabeen Beach
Narrabeen Beach

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.

Image by Tim Warren via Wikimedia Commons

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Merewether Beach - Newcastle NSW

Merewether Beach
Merewether Beach

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.

Image by Adamdaley via Wikimedia commons

Find our more about Mereweather

The best selling surfing gadget

The Tool by Cor Surf Products
The Tool by Cor Surf Products

The Swiss army knife of surfing. A must have for any travelling surfer.


Australia's best surf beaches

Bells Beach - Victoria - Home of the annual Rip Curl Pro surf

Bell's Beach
Bell's Beach

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.

Find out more about Bells Beach

image by SatuSuro via Wikimedia Commons

Over 1 in 10 Australians are surfers (Gemba 2010)

Surfer's Point - Margaret River WA - Home to the Margaret River Pro

Surfers Point Margaret River
Surfers Point Margaret River

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.

Find out more about Surfers Point

Image by Michael_Spencer via creative commons

Have you surfed in Australia? - What is your favourite break?

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I don't know how to surf, but I'd love to visit any of these beaches. A friend of mine lived right by Bondi Beach for awhile, but he moved back to the States before I had a chance to visit him. Darn!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Good to know - can't say I've ever surfed there myself, though - blessed by a SquidAngel!