Professional surfers travel the world looking for the best breaks and swells, but with Australia being home to 50,000 kilometres of sun-drenched coastline, some of the world’s most iconic surfs spot can be found right here. We’ve compiled a guide of the best surf beaches to check out this summer. If you don’t have a surfboard, grab a body board and hit a beach near you.
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Snuggled between the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour, Manly Beach is located 30 minutes from Sydney CBD. It extends just over a kilometre from Fairy Bower headland to Queenscliff. The breaks cater to surfers of all experience levels, with the south-end’s gentler waves being a the perfect spot for the beginner.
Bells Beach, VIC
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One of Victoria’s world-class surfing hot spots, Bells Beach has a long-standing reputation of heavy surf, suitable for intermediate to seasoned surfers. For 54 years, it has been home to the Rip Curl Pro series and music festival enticing pro surfers from around the globe.
Chinamans Hat, SA
Yorke Peninsula’s surf beaches are favourites among the locals, however one of the most popular surf spots for the advanced surfer is Chinamans Hat. The surfing break is over a shallow reef and the beach is not patrolled, so surfers are urged to take safety precautions.
Snapper Rocks, QLD
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Due to sand dredging, a man made superbank makes for walls of water when the conditions are right, perfect for catching all the way to Greenmount. Due to it’s popularity and in an attempt to avoid crowds, you’ll often find surfers catching waves on a moonnlit night.
Shipstern Bluff, TAS
Not the type of break you want to cut your teeth on if you’re a beginner. Shipstern Bluff is a energetic 45 minute trek through the bush carrying your surfboard and has some of the roughest waters in the world.
Back Beach (Lancelin), WA
The drive to avoid the weekday crowds on the Perth city beaches is definitely worth the extra effort. Great barrels when there’s an offshore winds. The wide sandbar provide white caps great for beginners to surf or body board all the way into shore.
Surfs up, so what are you waiting for?