Surfing in NSW


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.

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  • Crescent Head, Macleay Valley Coast. Image courtesy of Kempsey Shire Council

Great surfing in NSW

Stretching more than 2,000km, 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:

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.

South Smoky Beach, Hat Head. Image courtesy of Kempsey Shire Council

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.

Summer of Surfing - Get ready for an action packed summer as NSW beaches host the best in international and Australian surfing

  • WSL World Junior Championship

    World Surf League Junior Championships

    The World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championship sees the world’s best surfers 18 years and under compete for the prestigious World Junior Title.

  • Surfest 2016 Champions


    Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia. The best professional male and female surfers in the world travel to Newcastle, NSW to compete for the much cherished Mark Richards 'MR' trophy on Merewether Beach, Newcastle.
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    Australian Boardriders Battle National Final

    The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with AUD160,000 in cash and prizes.

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    Australian Open of Surfing

    Mix the world's best surfers, skateboarders, music and lifestyle, all for free and all on Manly Beach, and you get the Australian Open of Surfing!

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    NSW Pro Surf Series - Carve Pro

    Promising professional surfers from all over the world can look forward to four new World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 events, when the NSW Pro Surf Series kicks off on the NSW coastline in early 2017.

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    NSW Pro Surf Series - Tweed Coast Pro

    The "Tweed Coast Pro" is the second stop of the NSW Pro Surf Series located in the far north at Cabarita Beach.

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    NSW Pro Surf Series - Central Coast Pro

    The "Central Coast Pro" is the third stop of the NSW Pro Surf Series located at Avoca Beach Beach.

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    NSW Pro Surf Series - Great Lakes Pro

    The "Komunity Project Pro" is the land stop of the NSW Pro Surf Series at Boomerang Beach.