Best surfing beaches in Australia

Australia is world famous for its surf. It’s a renowned surfing destination, offering all types of beaches for both beginners and advanced surfers. Surf was practically invented here! (Kidding, it was apparently invented in Tahiti, not too far away), but it is in fact the national sport.

Surfing was brought to Australia in 1915 by Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian who went to Sydney with its ancient Hawaiian board.

Australia has collaborated a lot to the surf industry, creating part of the australian lifestyle and the birthplace of giants like Billabong, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Altogether with California, its developments have shaped the surf industry. Australia has the world’s second-largest population of surfers after the USA.

Australia has coasts facing the Pacific, Indian and Antarctic ocean, which means they have a great variety of beaches to please everybody. (Surfing is actually impossible in northern Australia due to coral reefs).

Top surfing beaches in Australia

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Byron Bay

Byron is a very friendly town with an incredible beach, located in eastern Australia; ideal to surfers and a popular tourist destination to hikers and surfers equally.


Freshwater Beach

Located in Sydney, Freshwater Beach might be one of the most famous surfing beaches of the country, as it was here where Duke Kahanamoku showed his skills and presented surf to australians. Well known also for its consistent waves.

Noosa Heads

Located in Queensland, Noosa Head is perfect for both experts and beginners. The beach offers great breaks and tranquil waters.

Bells Beach

Bells Beach, located in Torquay and a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world. Its warm colors (red cliffs and golden sands) offer an unique sight to enjoy while riding the waves. It’s home to the annual Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival.

Snapper Rocks

Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks offers one of the most challenging and exciting surfing experiences in Australia thanks to the Superbank, a large man-made sandbank that creates one of the longest wave rides in the world. The wave goes from Snapper to Greenmount Beach, a must-do for experienced surfers.

Margaret River

Margaret River is the most popular surfing destination in Western Australia, thanks to its powerful swells and the right surf breaks, mostly recommended to experienced surfers, as its waves can be both powerful and technical.



Gnarabup is a very secluded beach located in Western Australia. White sand and intense blue waters, offering warm waters to surfers.

Lennox Head Australia

Lennox Head

Lennox is a protected surfing reserve, voted as one of Australia’s best beaches overall. It offers huge waves and chilled out vibes.