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Australia’s top surfing spots

Home to world class waves, ripper weather and over 50,000km of coastline, it’s no surprise Australia is the ultimate place for all things surf! We’ve picked our favourite surfing spots around oz, so be sure to check them out on your next road trip.

Cactus Beach

Location: South Australia

Cactus Beach, South Australia is a world-famous surfing site, attracting visitors year round. Located on the Great Australian Bight, this unspoiled natural beauty is a surfer’s haven. For surfers in the know, this southern break is well worth the trip.

four surfers standing on beach near rocks
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Recognised as one of the best destinations in Australia for both left and right-handed breaks, Cactus Beach can be challenging. According to surfers, the shores and intense waves are at their peak during rising and falling tides, with swells reaching up to four metres high.

Note: as there are a number of reported shark sightings each year, keep your eyes peeled at all times.

The Pass at Byron Bay

Location: New South Wales

Home to an abundance of stunning beaches, Byron Bay, New South Wales is a mecca for board riders. Boasting the best break on the north coast, The Pass has become one of Australia’s top surfing spots.

Offering a wide and ever-changing variety of beach and surfing conditions, it’s extremely popular all year round. If you can handle crowds, strong swells and the occasional shark, you’ll love it here!

aerial photo of a group of surfers in the ocean at the pass beach
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If you want to check out the surf conditions on any given day, head to Fisherman’s Lookout. For camping and RV friendly accommodation nearby, we recommend Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay or Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach.

South Cape

Location: Tasmania

Tasmania is renowned for its secluded and uncrowded beaches, providing surfers with a prime location to catch waves. With cold water breaks, clean waves and a southerly swell, South Cape Bay is a surfer’s dream.

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This pristine beach is located two hours’ drive south-west from Hobart and can be accessed via South Cape Road. Before you can tackle Australia’s southernmost break, you’ll need to complete the trek through world heritage wilderness.

Because South Cape Bay is notorious for snapping boards, we suggest bringing more than one with you on your travels.

If you’re staying near Hobart, Seven Mile Beach Cabin and Caravan Park is a great accommodation option (and is also next to another beach!).

Cabarita Beach

Location: New South Wales

Located in northern New South Wales, Cabarita Beach is a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay. This stretch of sand is extremely popular among Australian surfers. It’s also one of the few places along the Tweed Coast that’s sheltered from northerly winds and large swells – perfect for beginners!

three surfers catching a wave
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Cabarita surf is known for its consistency, and is referred to by locals as the ‘best swell-magnet”. There are several fantastic holiday parks nearby, including North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park.

Bells Beach

Location: Victoria

Australia’s iconic Bells Beach is renowned for its high cliffs, dramatic backdrop, powerful swells and picturesque location.

colourful sunset over ocean break
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Host to Melbourne’s annual Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival, the beach attracts tourists from across the globe. Situated along the Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach is approximately 100km from Melbourne. Not only is it an outstanding surfing spot, it’s a great place to sight-see, explore and relax.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park is the perfect place to stay nearby.

Dune Beach (Exmouth)

Location: Western Australia

Exmouth is a famous tourist destination for many reasons; however, surfers know it best for its gnarly waves, idyllic coastline and consistent swell. Dune Beach is one of our favourite surfing spots. It’s located approximately 17 kilometres from Exmouth and accessible via Mildura Wreck Road.

group of surfers lying on surfboards in ocean
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This beach’s reef break is the safest, easiest to navigate and possibly the most popular surf beach in Exmouth. Regardless of your experience level, always check the surf conditions before heading out -better safe than sorry!

Our favourite place to stay for Exmouth surfing trips is RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

Snapper Rocks

Location: Queensland

When it comes to surfing, there’s nowhere in Australia as famous as the Gold Coast. Located in Queensland’s south, Snapper Rocks is home to the ‘Superbank’ – Australia’s surfing crown jewel. The barrelling waves stretch from Snapper to Greenmount Beach, making it an extremely popular spot, particularly for experienced surfers.

surfers walking to beach
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Although it’s technically over the border in NSW, Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff is a short 20 minute drive from Snapper Rocks. It’s the perfect place to park up for the night.

Are you looking for somewhere to stay during your next surfing holiday? Check out our website or download our free mobile app to find, compare and book caravan parks and campgrounds. 

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