10 BEST BEGINNER SURF SPOTS ALONG THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA

Kim Akrigg

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Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Current Residence: Byron Bay, Australia

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Trying to pick a spot to surf can be daunting at the beginning. Before you learn about how to read the waves and conditions, it’s hard to know where’s going to be the best spot for you to have the most fun. So we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 breaks to check out on Australia’s East coast.

The Pass, Byron Bay NSW

This break is world famous and it’s easy to see why! Rolling long rides form on this point which is perfect for learning to surf, in summers can be pretty crowded though! If the sand is right a lagoon forms on the beach too, and it’s easy to spend the whole day under the pandanus trees here.

Mooloolaba Beach, Queensland

Located on the Sunshine Coast, this sheltered North facing beach ideal for kids and new surfers. Recently voted the 6th best beach in Australia by Tripadvisor, the Sunny Coast is known for mellow waves perfect for learning.

Cylinder Beach, Queensland

A North facing spot on North Stradbroke, famed for fun rights and long rides on smaller swells. This is one of the island’s most iconic surf beaches, with a sunny outlook and protection from winds.

Currumbin, Gold Coast

Queensland A small point where fun rides form beside the rocks Watch out for currents on bigger days. The whole Gold Coast itself is a world class surfing destination, with many of the world’s best surfers choosing to call it home.

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Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Also located on the Sunshine Coast, this East facing beach that can be fun for practicing catching the whitewash, or smaller green waves out the back.

Sunshine Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

A long exposure beach with consistent surf near Noosa. There’s many access points to it, which can help you get away from the crowds a bit.

Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour NSW

A picturesque place to surf which is more sheltered when the waves are bigger elsewhere. Popular with tourists and families alike.

Crescent Head NSW

A famous longboarding spot that can draw large crowds. Located slightly North of Sydney, it is one of the longest pointbreaks in Australia.

Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW

Australia’s most famous beach, which is also great for learning during smaller swells. The northern half of the beach is better for beginners. Due to it’s popularity it can get crowded in the summers.

Manly Beach, Manly NSW

A longtime popular surf spot, great for beginners during small South swells. It’s a city beach, so it draws a few people, but it also offers everything a beginning surfer could need.

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