Look outside of the usual Gold Coast haunts you will find less crowded line ups. You can choose between surfing with dolphins at Byron Bay or discovering uncrowded beach breaks as you travel along the coast. Go and explore. Here are some classic east coast destinations.The combination of geography, weather and surf culture has made Australia’s east coast one of the most popular places on Earth for surfers.
200 kilometres south of Sydney the south coast stretches from Wollongong through Shoalhaven down through Ulladulla. The Shoalhaven region has some of Australia’s best surfing spots to suit all styles and abilities. Aussie Pipe and Bawley Point are a couple of the heaviest waves on the east coast, but there are plenty of uncrowded beach breaks, reefs and points to explore. The local surf culture is fun and relaxed. There are plenty of waves to be caught all year round and often a surfer can have the water all to themselves.
Another surf town off the beaten path. Coffs Harbour is 527km north of Sydney, about six-hours drive or there are daily flights from Sydney (1 hour), Brisbane (45 minutes) and Melbourne (2 hours). Six different beaches offer sandy bottomed point breaks that can handle big swells along with beach breaks to suit everyone from groms to superstars. Coffs Harbour has a great surf community with miles of unspoilt beaches. Definitely one to visit.
Once a small hippy town Byron Bay has grown into one of Australia’s must visit surf towns. With stretches of beach and the Pass a long point nearby it has a bubbling community and very hip bars, cafes and places to stay. There are also festivals and plenty of art and music to keep you entertained apres surf.
The Sunshine Coast
If you are thinking about tropical points, long mellow rides, or great beach breaks and miles of crowded coastline then the Sunshine Coast is for you. From classic leg buckling points in Noosa, to hard to get to classics like Double Island point the Sunshine Coast has it all and with a much mellower vibe than the Goldie.
Why not drive it?
Great east coast road trips were once the stuff of legend. Flying into Sydney or Brisbane buy a van and then drive down or up the coast was the way to see the east coast of Australia. With more flights people are now more likely to fly into one of the major airports and just hang out in Sydney or the Gold Coast. But with over 800 miles of coastline to explore between the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and Ulladulla in NSW they are missing out on so many gems, beach side campsites, empty waves and experiences the road trip provides.
Surf tours, rentals and activities
Australian Surf Tours
Locations: Sydney, Thirroul and Bendalong in New South Wales
“More Than Just a Surf Camp”. AST will take you on a surfing adventure that will give you that little bit extra out of your holidays. Surrounded by amazing waves, idyllic scenery and staff with a passion for life, this should be your next destination! Learn to Surf and Surf Guiding also available.
www.australiansurftours.com.au [email protected] +61 (0) 428 162 640
Locations: Depots in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Cairns, seasonally in Broome and Bear Rentals offer collection and return to most other major Australian cities.
At Bear Rentals we run a fleet of fully kitted out Land Rovers – think of everything you need for that dream Australian road trip and that’s what we provide! We set our campers up so you can get off beaten track to find the perfect break away from the maddening crowds.
www.bearrentals.com.au [email protected] +61 2 9557 1001
Walking on Water
Locations: Throughout Shoalhaven, New South Wales
Walking On Water & Ulladulla Surf Schools are a multi award winning company offering Surfing, (beginner, intermediate and competition level), Surf Safaris, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, SUP, Kayaking, plus the furiously fast, 60 MPH Boogie Slingshot! The awesome range of activities and surf courses have the highest quality coaching and Australia’s best instructor to pupil ratio’s.
Locations: Arrawarra and Byron Bay (travelling from Sydney)
Experience the Aussie surf lifestyle on a Mojosurf 5-14 Day Surf Adventure travelling from Sydney to Byron Bay stopping at the awesome Spot X Surf Camp right on the beach. Mojosurf will take care of all transport, surf lessons, accommodation, food and surf equipment – you just have to come experience it!
www.mojosurf.com [email protected] +61 2 6639 5100
Coffs Coast Surf Tours
Locations: New South Wales. The entire Coffs Coast, including Arrawarra, Crescent Head and as far north as Angourie.
Grab a friend and book a full personalised Luxury Surf, Sights & Stay Guided Tour Package which fits all levels of surfer and non-surfers with sight-seeing, eco-tours and many additional activities also included. With a beautiful beachside apartment and a delicious breakfast provided, this is a value-packed, stress-free Aussie holiday you’ll remember!.
www.coffscoastsurftours.com.au[email protected] +61409 485 007
Let’s Go Surfing
Locations: Bondi Beach, Byron Bay and Maroubra Beach
Join the friendly LETS GO SURFING team on world famous Bondi Beach or beautiful Byron Bay for an unforgettable Aussie Surf Experience! We provide expert local surf knowledge and advice plus board and wetsuit hire at all our locations. With over 21 years of experience, the LGS team caters for all level of surfer, from beginner to advanced.
www.letsgosurfing.com.au [email protected] 02 93651800