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Where Are The Best Places To Surf In Australia And New Zealand?


If you’re looking to make the most of a beach break, then a surfboard will provide a considerable help.It’ll allow you to experience an adrenaline-fuelled holiday, interspersed with bouts of lounging around on the beach and enjoying cocktails with a view of the waves you’re recently conquered (or been conquered by).

Australia has long proven a Mecca for aspiring surfers, many of whom go on to apply for Australian Skilled visas. Being surrounded by considerable ocean, with its fifty-thousand-kilometre coastline being battered frequently by massive waves.Moving to New Zealand, likewise, has much to offer – the country boasts a similarly ragged and untouched coastline, which offers a challenge for experienced surfers as well as a gentle introduction for newer ones.

Let’s run through some of the most attractive beaches in both countries.

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Byron Bay, New South Wales

New South Wales is home to much of the tourist-friendly parts of the country.It’s also where the most inviting beaches and surf spots are to be found.At the end of Clarke’s beach, which is forever ranked among the best beaches the country has to offer, you’ll find a surfer’s lookout from which you can view the entire bay.From here, you’ll be able to see how crowded the surf is, and whether it’s of a sufficient quality.

Cactus Beach, South Australia

Head over to South Australia and you’ll find cactus beach, which is famous for its natural beauty.During winter, it offers particularly fierce surf, and so it’s probably best that inexperienced wave-seekers steer clear of it.If you’ve been travelling the globe in search of a wave that’ll pose your surfing skills a challenge, however, then this beach might be the place you discover it.

Margaret River, Western Australia

The tiny village of Yallingup marks the start of the Margeret Valley region, which is famous for the quality of its wine as well as the quality of its surf.The breaks here range in size from moderate to absolutely gigantic.Venture to Prevelly, nearby, and you’ll find ‘Surfer’s Point’, where the biggest waves to break on Australian shores.If you’re planning to pay a visit here, you’ll want to have a considerable amount of surfing experience under your belt – and you’ll probably want to pack a helmet, too.

Bell’s Beach, Victoria

Before a set of imposing and famous red clay cliffs, just a short drive from Melbourne, you’ll find the iconic Bell’s Beach, which every year hosts an annual music and surf festival.It’s among the most famous surfing spots the country has to offer, and sits just alongside a smaller companion, WIkipop – which, if you’re visiting the larger beach anyway, is more than worthy of investigation.

Gold Coast, Queensland

The town of Gold Coast is a paradise for surfers.So much so, in fact, that they named the town’s most famous district ‘Surfer’s Paradise’.If you’re staying in this part of Australia, then you’ll never be far from a world-class beach to surf on.The four nearby beaches, Snapper Rocks, Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Buranbah, combine to form a larger ‘superbank’, which offers some of the most attractive surfing opportunities on the continent.

Raglan, New Zealand

This small town is perhaps among the most famous in all of New Zealand for the quality of its surf, and for the other facilities on offer.If you’re got no experience at all with the sport, then this is an excellent place to get started – but if you’re looking for more of a challenge, you’ll find it here, too.As a consequence, Raglan makes a great place for experienced surfers to take their not-so-experienced friends and significant others on holiday.

Piha, New Zealand

You’ll need to venture to the west coast of Auckland to find this little location.The beach is distinctly black, thanks to the iron content of the sand.The surf here is rough and unforgiving, making it a draw only for the bravest of surfers.

Shipwreck Bay, New Zealand

This area of the country is famed for the length of the rides you’ll get from the surf.There’s two waves to choose from, here:the left-hand point breaks coming in from one side, and another left-hand point-break coming in from the other.The former, called the wreck, is the softer and longer wave.The latter, the peak, offers a barrel section which forms into a harsh wall of water on a good day.As ever, you’ll want to be careful of riptides while you’re out there.