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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 reasons enough to spend a period 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 Western Australia in this guide!
See our other articles in this series, Surfing in Australia
The best surf spots in Australia – West Coast
Surf in Ningaloo
Just off the coast of Ningaloo you will find the UNESCO World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. This beautiful reef can be reached with just a short swim. Nowhere else in the world can you easily reach such a diverse coral reef. The reef is world famous for its enormous biodiversity. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the whale shark. Ningaloo also welcomes the giant Humpback Whales between June and November.
The reefs of Ningaloo often cause excellent waves – but beware – the reef is fragile, so be very careful. The best spots to check are Tombstones (the spot of Ningaloo), Centers, Midgies, Turtles, Fencies and Gnaraloo Bay.
Surfing in Denmark
Denmark is the place where forests with gigantic trees and brilliant white beaches with crystal clear waters meet. Most surf spots in Western Australia are especially suitable for experienced surfers, but Denmark is an exception to this. This town, situated in a beautiful area, offers excellent conditions for beginning surfers. Don’t forget to visit the William Bay National Park, a special National Park with its characteristic “Elephant Rocks” and crystal clear pools.
Surfing in Perth & Rottnest island
This large city on the west coast of Australia is seen as one of the most livable cities in the world. In Perth beautiful nature, beautiful wines and a large number of beautiful beaches (19 of them!) Go hand in hand with a metropolis of 1.8 million inhabitants. In addition, Perth has a fantastic climate, with no fewer than 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Perth is a very suitable city for learning how to surf. Unfortunately, Rottnest Island off the coast blocks a large part of the waves. Experienced surfers often head north, south or to Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island is a small island that is located about 16 kilometers from the Australian west coast. As described earlier, this island blocks the main waves to Perth. This island is therefore the favorite homespot of the advanced surfers from Perth. Popular surf spots are Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay. Strickland Bay in particular is seen as one of the best surfing spots in Australia.
Surfing in Kalbarri
Kalbarri, located in western Australia is where the rough outback and white beaches meet. Kalbarri is therefore seen as “the ultimate ocean playground.” Western Australia is warm and sunny for most of the year. In addition, it is fairly easy to reach from Perth. This together with the beautiful beaches and the wild National Park Beckon, makes Kalbarri a very popular tourist attraction among Western Australians. Kalbarri offers a number of excellent spots for advanced surfers, but for the would-be surfers there are also some very nice beach breaks to be found.
Surfing in Margaret River
Margaret River is a town in southwestern Australia, located about 277 kilometers south of Perth. The town owes its name to the Margaret River of the same name that flows here into the sea. This river is one of the reasons that huge waves can occur here. Margs is known as a world famous Big Wave spot. In addition to these big waves you will find the enormous number of no less than 75 (!) Breaks along a coastline of 130 kilometers. So this truley is Surfers Heaven. Due to the enormous quality of the surf spots, surfing competitions are regularly organized in this area.
Surf in Esperance
The south of Western Australia offers some fantastic surf spots. For example around the beautiful white beaches of Esperance. The bays and beaches with crystal clear water are a pleasure for every tourist. The beach of Lucky Beach is even seen as the most white beach in Australia. The beaches West Beach, Fourth Beach and Observatory Beach are the places to be for surfing.