NSW has some of the most accessible surf beaches and best surf conditions in Australia. From the north of the state to the south, learning to surf is easy with accredited surf schools operating throughout the NSW Coast.
Surfing in NSW
Stretching over 2,000 km, the NSW coastline is home to almost 900 beaches.
You’ll find seven of Australia's National Surfing Reserves along the coast of NSW. Angourie Beach nearYamba in the state’s North, Crescent Head just north of Port Macquarie, Lennox Head near Ballina and Byron Bay,Maroubra and Cronulla in southern-east Sydney, Killalea Beach near Shellharbour on the South Coast and Manly and Narrabeen Beach, two of Sydney’s famed Northern Beaches.
Check out the natural splendour of NSW national parks beaches, or discover famed beach breaks in Sydney and along the towns and cities of the state's north and south coasts.
The North Coast of New South Wales features some of the best surfing beaches in Australia. White, long sandy stretches emphasised by the bluest of waters highlight the naturally beautiful coast and the many amazing breaks within it.
Start off in Byron Bay, a fantastic laid-back town of sea and subtropical hinterland, and a great spot to learn how to surf. Byron is home to an internationally-renowned break, The Pass. Nearby Lennox Head is the largest National Surfing Reserve in Australia, running 7.2 km from Flat Rock to the Surf Club.
Other surfing highlights in the state’s north include Angourie Beach, the second beach in Australia to be declared a National Surfing Reserve, and Broken Head, known for its barrelling right-handers.
The beaches of the Central Coast of NSW are spread out from just north of Sydney to Newcastle, where you’ll find Merewether Beach, an iconic Newcastle surf beach with spectacular coastline. Some of the best surfing in the Central Coast can be found at North Avoca, and the calm waters of Terrigal are a good place to take a surfing lesson.
Soldiers Beach at Norah Head is another stand-out, with good reef breaks during larger seas.
Stretching from Port Kembla (near Wollongong) to Eden, the South Coast offers unmatched beauty highlighted by ideal surf breaks for beginners and some raw, powerful waves for the more advanced surfer.
In the Shellharbour area, the popular Killalea Beach known as 'The Farm' is famous with surfers throughout the South Coast, declared a national surfing reserve in 2009.
Surfing, Byron Bay, Northern Rivers Tropical NSW
Girls surfing at Hat Head, Kempsey, North Coast NSW. Image Don Fuchs
Checking the surf at Hat Head, Kempsey, North Coast NSW. Image Don Fuchs
Surfer heading into the ocean at The Pass beach in Byron Bay. Image Mike Leonard
Sunrise over Mollymook Beach, Shoalhaven. Image Hamilton Lund
Children surfing at One Mile Beach in Forster, North Coast. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast