Boasting some of the world’s top beaches, the sunshine coast has several surf schools for begginers looking to learn to surf. Some sunshine coast surf schools also offer coaching programs for more advanced surfers looking to improve their surfing. While the Gold Coast might be the most well known, the Sunshine Coast, without doubt, has amazing beaches where you can learn to surf. The Sunshine Coast got its name six years later than the Gold Coast however it too has incredible weather and amazing conditions for both swimming and surfing.

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Learn to surf schools in Coolum

Learn to surf in Coolum with Coolum Surf School located only 15 minutes north of the Sunshine Coast Airport. Beginner and advanced lessons are offered all year round in some of the warmest waters in Australia. To book a lesson with our Coolum location click here.

Learn to surf schools in Bribie Island

Bribie Island features incredible white-sand beaches, tropical waters, and waves small enough for beginner surfers to get started on. The best time of the year to check out Bribie Island is between March and May, with the best swells getting up to 2 – 4 foot.

Bribies best locations

Bribie Island has a wave that is ideally suited for beginners as it’s sheltered from the southerly winds and features smaller rolling waves that aren’t too powerful. The best conditions to surf are when the tide is high and the wind is from the west/southwest.

Bribie Island is the closest surfing beach to Brisbane and you can easily get there by bridge. You shouldn’t have too many problems with crowds in comparison to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. This is top spot to learn to surf and it’s also patrolled which is great for beginners.

Learn to surf schools in Kawana

Located on the North Coast, Kawana Beach is an exposed beach break with consistent surf. If you want to check it out Winter is the best time of year.

Kawana’s best locations

You can find Kawana Beach right off Pacific Blvd and features a heap of consistent beach breaks right up and down the coastline.

The beach isn’t too crowded and has great surf all year round. It’s ideal for the beginners out there and also those more advanced.

Learn to surf schools in Maroochydoore

Situated on the North Coast Maroochydore Beach is an exposed beach break with reliable surf. The surf is best with an offshore wind from the southwest and you’ll be able to find a great wave all year round.

Maroochydoore’s Best Locations

This Sunshine Coast beach is an incredibly consistent break with a laid back vibe and a great spot for beginners who are learning to surf.

Maroochydore Beach is located on Alexandra Parade and features easy access that you’ll be able to see from the road.

Regardless of your level of experience, the swell offers power and speed. You’ll likely find ground swells and wind swells with the ideal angle being from the east to southeast and waves at the beach break from both left and right.


Learn to surf schools in Noosa

If you’re looking to learn to surf in Noosa it’s well worth your time heading up there between Christmas and April. Not only will you be there in the heart of summer but you’ll also find the best waves. The cyclone swells can bring in surf from 1-5 foot.

Noosa’s Best Locations

While Noosa is specifically known for its great longboarding breaks, however it has much to offer for all types of surfers. The beaches themselves have crystal clear water with breathtaking views and an array of marine life. There’s a heap of different spots, most without crowds, so regardless of what you’re looking for you should be in luck.

There are multiple beaches in Noosa, some of the best include:

First Point

  • Ideal for longboarding when small, great for short boarders when big.
  • Average height 1-3 foot and occasionally head high
  • Breaks Right

Little Cove

  • A Longboarders dream. Scenic spot that’s great for learners
  • Average height 1-3 foot
  • Breaks Right


 Watch out for the dangerous rocks but incredible long rides.

  • Average height 2-4 foot, while a storm can bring big size
  • Breaks Right

Tea Tree

  • Fantastic waves and an amazing location
  • Average height 1-4 foot, with the potential to get big
  • Breaks Right

What to do when there is no surf

When you’re on the Sunshine Coast and the surf is no good, there’s still plenty to do. If you want to do some shopping, check out Sunshine Plaza! Sunshine Plaza is the largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast and has been around since 1994.

It has an amazing lake running through the middle and is a perfect spot for the family. The centre has a diverse range of specialty stores with over 220 stores altogether including BCC Cinemas, Best & Less, Kmart, Myer, Coles and Target.

Australia Zoo is one of Australia’s most famous attractions and is the home of the late Steve Irwin aka the Crocodile Hunter. You’ll be able to see 70 acres worth of Australian Bushland with incredible wildlife including majestic tigers, koalas and a red panda.

If you’re keen for some exploring, Glass House Mountains National Park is an amazing natural landmark on the Sunshine Coast. There are eleven peaks boasting incredible views and a range of walking trails, varying in difficulty, all across the National Park. If you want to stay active this is a must.


Some of our top surfers grew up and starting surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

Julian Wilson

Julian Wilson is from a surfing family and was born and bred in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Julian started riding waves since when he was a kid and has won both long boarding and short boarding national titles.

John Constable

Josh Constable grew up near some of Noosa’s top surfing spots and the Noosa National Park. He quickly learned to surf while playing on the shores as his dad Ben surfed. From the tender age of 15, Josh started competing and winning events on the Australian Professional Longboard Circuit. In his first year, he managed to qualify to represent his country at the Oxbow World Longboard Championships, in Hawaii. He went on to start designing and making his own boards and setting up his own label.


Some of our top surfers grew up and starting surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

It doesn’t take much time out in the surf before that hunger starts to strike. Luckily Noosa has you covered.

Just to name a few:

Padre Coffee

One of the top names in coffee in Australia has opened their first roastery and retail store in Queensland. And best of all it’s in Noosa! Don’t miss this one while you’re in Noosa.


For foodies, the breakfast menu at Depot is heaven. You certainly won’t regret it if you check it out next time you’re in Noosa.

Grind Cafe

Grind Cafe boasts a blissful setting that overlooks the Noosa River. Sit back and enjoy the scenery while enjoying an incredible meal.

CAFES NEAR BRIbie island

If you’re starving after your surf, here are some of the best spots in Bribie Island to grab a bite.

Evolve Espresso Bar

Evolve Espresso Bar is one of the top rated specialty coffee shops. It’s got amazing coffee great acai bowls and delicious food. If you love a good coffee and demand excellent service, give Evolve Espresso Bar a try.

The Coffee Bus Co.

If you’re after a great coffee and you’re in a hurry The Coffee Bus might be just the trick. It’s a drive through coffee shop so it’s super fast and one of the best on Bribie Island!

Sylvan Beach Seafood

If you’re interested in some fish and chips, a burger or even a salad and you want some water views Sylvan Beach Seafood might be the go. It’s one of the best locations and the food is incredible.

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Kawana has a heap of great spots to check out after you’re finished with the surf.

Izba Espresso

Izba Espresso features the renowned Fonzie Abbott coffee, from Melbourne. It boasts amazing coffee and a wide selection of great food on the menu.

Decisions Café

From incredible acai bowls to amazing waffles and generally incredible food,  Decisions café is a ‘must visit’ on the Sunshine Coast. Definitely one to check after your surf.

Raw Energy

If you’re feeling a little flat after your surf, head to Raw Energy for an energy bowl. You can also get an amazing breakfast, gourmet sandwich and smoothies.

CAFES NEAR Maroochydore

After you’re done hitting the waves in Maroochydore, check out these awesome local cafes.

The Milk Bar

The Milk Bar has some of the highest rated coffee around. They’re known in particular for their food (especially the avo smash) and high-quality service. This café is definitely worth a look.

Foster and Black

Foster and Black have incredible aesthetics, an amazing menu and specialty coffee.  Make sure you pop your head in and you won’t be disappointed.

Urban Garden

Urban Garden is a cool little café located at the old court house in Maroochydore. It boasts some of the best coffee you’ll find in Maroochydore so don’t miss out.


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