Beaches on the South Coast
There are plenty of great beaches where you can learn to surf at an accredited surf school. It's also where you might find your surf lesson incorporates a little yoga.
An hour south of Sydney, the beaches around Wollongong offer ideal learn-to-surf conditions. North Wollongong is another family favourite with rock pools, shaded grass, picnic booths and kids' playground. Further south is Broulee Beach, ideal for long-boarders and beginners with easy-breaking waves on most tides.
Narrawallee Beach near Mollymook is a long, flat expanse of sand much loved by joggers and beach-combers. The river inlet at the south end is a beautiful spot for day picnics and swimming with the family.
"The Farm" and "Mystics" beaches at Killalea near Shellharbour are a classified National Surfing Reserve, the seventh site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing.
Further south on the aptly named "Sapphire Coast" renowned for it's beautiful clean and clear water, you'll find gems in Merimbula and Pambula