Perfect waves in NSW
Along the beautiful NSW coast are some of the world's best surf beaches. With the most accessible beaches and best surf conditions in Australia, NSW is perfect for a boardriding holiday. And learning to surf is easy with accredited surf schools found at popular destinations.
Stretching more than 2,000 km, the NSW coastline is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches, including some of the world's best beaches for surfing. A register of Australia's iconic surf beaches is kept by the National Surfing Reserves and the following NSW beaches are on the list:
- Manly and Freshwater, in Sydney’s north
- Merewether in Newcastle
- Crescent Head, north of Port Macquarie
- Angourie, near Yamba
- Lennox Head, north of Ballina
- The Farm and Mystics, in Shellharbour on the South Coast
- Cronulla, in Sydney’s south
- Maroubra, in Sydney’s south
The North Coast 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 awesome breaks within it. Start off in Byron Bay, a laid-back town with plenty of outdoor adventures.
The beaches of the Central Coast of NSW are spread out from just north of Sydney to Newcastle, where you'll find Merewether Beach. Some of the best surfing in the Central Coast can be found at North Avoca, and the consistent waves of Terrigal are a good place to take a surfing lesson.
South of Sydney, from Stanwell Park to Wollongong to Shellharbour to Eden, there are many excellent surf beaches. The South Coast offers unmatched beauty with ideal surf breaks for beginners and powerful waves for the more advanced surfer. Surf Camp Australia is based at Gerroa.