Australia is a wildly popular destination among tourists and backpackers from all over the world. The (sub) tropical climate, the beaches, the excellent living conditions, the “laid-back vibe”, the friendly people, the beautiful nature and of course the English language are all reasons enough to spend a bit of time in this beautiful country.
Australia has an enormous coastline on both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, so this huge country is blessed with a huge number of surf spots. Australia is therefore on the bucket list of everyone who is interested in surfing. However, it can still be difficult to find the right information. That is why we describe everything you need for your surfing trip to South Australia in this guide!
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Surf at Bell’s Beach / Newquay
Bell’s Beach is a two-hour drive from Melbourne and is known as one of the most legendary surf spots worldwide. The very first international surfing competition was organized here. Bell’s Beach is still one of the competitions of the prestigious World Surf League. The excellent quality of the waves of Bell’s Beach is caused by a shallow reef that is located off the coast. The waves produced by this reef can become so high that most surfers limit themselves to the sport of viewing at Bell’s Beach.
Surf in the Eyre Peninsula
With a coastline of 2000 kilometers between Whyalla and Ceduna, the Eyre Peninsula works as a magnet for surfers from all over the world. Note: the waters of the southern ocean are cold, so definitely bring a wetsuit. Four of the best known surf spots are Fowlers Bay, Cactus Bay, Venus Bay, Blackfellows Beach. Fowlers is very popular among locals, Cactus offers a number of very good left handers at Castles and Cactus, and a good right hander at Caves. Venus Bay is a reef break where you can surf under almost all circumstances.
Surfing on Philip Island
Philip Island is on the other side of the Bay of Melbourne from Bell’s Beach. Here too you will find fantastic surfing conditions throughout the year. Philip Island is a protected surfing area, consisting of four breaks: Woolamai, Smiths, Summer Land and Cat Bay. The unique diversity and beauty of these surf spots makes for an unforgettable surfing experience!
Surf on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island, an island just off the coast at Adelaide, is seen as one of the best surfing destinations in Australia. To reach a large part of the best surf spots a 4WD is needed, but it is definitely worth it. The differences in levels vary from simple waves, for example at Pennington Bay and Stokes Bay, to large waves at Hanson Bay. Vivonne Bay is the jewel of the island and works in almost all circumstances. The most important breaks are located in the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park on the south coast. Surfing here is only for advanced surfers. The nearby D’Estrees Bay is more sheltered.
Surf the York Peninsula
This laid-back holiday town is only an hour’s drive from Adelaide and offers many surf breaks, deserted beaches and campsites. The best surf spots can be found at Corny Point or Innes National Park, where you will find beaches such as Chinamans, West Cape, Pondalowie Bay and Trespassers.
Also worth a visit is the Daly Head National Surfing Reserve – one of only 16 in all of Australia. A number of these beaches are subject to strong currents, so always check at the nearest Visitor Information Center before entering the water.
Surfing in Tasmania
The most notorious surf spot in Tasmania is called Shipstern Bluff. During the past 10 years, Shipstern Bluff has gained the reputation of being “Australia’s Most Fearsome Break”. So to fall straight to the point: this spot is only suitable for professional surfers! Under the “right” conditions the waves here become 6 meters high. It is no wonder that the local fishermen call this spot “Devils Point”. Clifton Beach is a 45-minute drive from Hobart and is therefore a favorite spot among the locals. However, the surfing conditions can vary considerably. Sometimes the waves are clean and the water is clear; other times the waves are restless and the water is muddy. So keep a close eye on the predictions. The choice on the south coast of Tasmania is Cloudy Bay. It is the southernmost surfing beach in Australia, where wild eagles can be found circling under the clouds. The best surfing conditions arise with a current from the south and wind from the north.