The best surfing spots in Australia - Travel_Australia



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The search for the perfect wave sends Aussie surfing pilgrims world-wide, often to only discover that some of the world’s best breaks are right here in Oz.

Every surfer has a favourite spot; and they’re often reluctant to share where it is with the ‘general public’. So, we’ve done some research to anonymously bring to you the best surfing spots in Australia, and arguably, the world.

Snapper Rocks, Queensland

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Who surfs here?
Surfing world champs Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Stephanie Gilmore call ‘Snapper’ their local and are often spotted surfing this break when they’re not chasing waves in other corners of the world.
Snapper Rocks is also home to the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro held in February/March each year. This event marks the first world tour contest of the surfing season.

What are the waves like?
Snapper is home to the world-famous ‘Super Bank’, regarded in surfing circles as the longest, most consistent and most hollow wave in the world.
The swell here often reaches six to eight feet, and one good, clean wave can transport you from Snapper to Kirra, a distance of almost two kilometres.
On a great swell, you can ride waves from the point at Snapper Rocks all the way to the neighbouring beaches of Greenmount and Kirra.

Where is it?

Snapper Rocks is a sand bottom point break considered as a world renowned surfing spot on the Gold Coast.

How do I get there?

From Newcastle Airport, Jetstar flies direct to the Gold Coast Airport, just ten minutes from the break.
Source: Tourism Australia 

Bells Beach, Victoria

Who surfs here?
Bells Beach is the site of the Australia’s country’s oldest professional surfing event: the Rip Curl Pro, held over the Easter long weekend each year.

What are the waves like?

Swells from the Southern Ocean slow down and steepen over the shallow reefs to produce outstanding surf that can rise to five metres or more, so when it gets big, most of us are best advised to think of surfing Bells as a spectator sport.

Where is it?

There isn’t much ‘beach’ at Bells, it’s mostly cliff-face. However, the views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular – a great spot to watch local surfers out in the water.

How do I get there?

Both Virgin Australia and Jetstar have daily flights to Melbourne from Newcastle Airport. Bells Beach is 100km south-west of Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road.
Source: Tourism Australia 

Margaret River, Western Australia

Who surfs here?
Pro surfer Taj Burrow began his surfing days in this part of the world and went on to qualify for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour at 18-years-old, becoming the youngest surfer to do so at the time. With this type of credence, it’s safe to say the surfing conditions are good.

What are the waves like?

There are several breaks in the Margaret River area that offer waves ranging from mild to monstrous depending on the swell. Yallingup is considered the best all-round surfing destination on Australia’s west coast. 

Further south of Yullingup you will find Prevelly Park: the heartland of serious Margaret River surfing. Here, swells up to six metres get spun into perfect barrels across the treacherous offshore reef.

No place for beginners or the faint-of-heart, “Surfers Point” at Prevelly even attracts the big-name big-wave lunatics from the US and Hawaii, and it’s one of the few places in Australia where board-riders wear helmets and nobody laughs at them.

Where is it?

Margaret River is 260km south of Perth, the tiny resort village of Yallingup marks the beginning of the famed Margaret River winery region, where wine enthusiasts and ‘waxheads’ (board-riders) have long converged in equal numbers in this part of Australia.

How do I get there?

Fly from Newcastle with either Jetstar or Virgin Australia, make a brief stop in Melbourne or Brisbane and continue on to Perth Airport.
Source: Toursim Australia 

Lennox Head, New South Wales

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Who surfs here?
The point break at Lennox Head is always teaming with locals, so make sure you bring your manners when you’re surfing here to avoid bearing the brunt of any deserved localism.

For many years, Lennox was home to Bob McTavish, an influential surfboard shaper and chronicler of surfing’s counterculture era of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

What are the waves like?

Lennox Head is a striking headland that hangs over the Tasman at such an angle that creates what many deem the perfect point break with fast waves and long tubes.

The waves break over sand, but some rock-scrambling is involved to reach the break; be sure to time your entry over the rocks carefully.
The ‘Magic Miles’ between Lennox Head and Ballina offers a mixture of beach breaks and reefs that work on a variety of wind and swell directions. The only time there aren’t any waves on the Magic Miles is when there’s no swell at all.

Where is it?

Lennox Head is a seaside village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the stretch of coast between Byron Bay. 

How do I get there?

Lennox Head is 15 minutes’ drive via Angel’s Beach Drive and the Coast Road from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Regional Express has a flight every day from Newcastle Airport to Ballina.
Source: Surfthecoast 

Merewether, New South Wales

Who surfs here?
The waves at Merewether were the classroom that schooled local-legend Mark Richards in the ways of the water dancer. It’s at these breaks that MR, a Newcastle treasure and Surfest patron, learnt the skills that would see him win four world titles.

What are the waves like?
Right-handers peel down the rock and sand bottom off Merewether beach, with ideal conditions at seen in southerly swells fanned by north-west winds.

Where is it?

Merewether is a suburb of Newcastle, NSW, and is a 30 minute drive from Newcastle Airport. (So, we may be a little biased including Merewether in this list as it’s one of our local favourites.)

How do I get there?
Newcastle Airport has direct flights to and from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ballina/Byron Bay, Taree, and Melbourne and is service by airlines Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Regional Express.
Source: Surfest  

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Dear the people of the Hunter,

Wow, hasn’t there been some interest in our airport during the month of May! It’s heartening to see so much passion from our region.

The commencement of works on the $1.9 million international processing area fit-out seems to have more than piqued your interest. What is evident is your excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of future international destinations becoming a real possibility.

I am writing this open letter to residents of the Hunter to thank you for your passion for the introduction of new routes out of Newcastle Airport. I have read your comments on social media, and listened to opinions on radio and in the media that prove we are an impassioned region with strong views on the future of their airport.

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Thank you again for all of your support,

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