Great surf spots in NSW

27 November 2013

Surfing Lennox Head

New South Wales has some of the best surf breaks in Australia and the world.

Byron Bay

With pristine water Byron Bay has many beautiful surfing spots in the area such as Tallow Beach, The Wreck, The Pass, Clarks Beach and the Main Beach.

The township is known for its relaxed and chic lifestyle, with a reputation for being the style capital of the NSW North Coast. Byron Bay is where many creatively minded people go to indulge in their hobbies and works, such as architects, designers and craft workers.

Nearby Ballina is also a very popular surf spot with a quieter coastline and fantastic waves.

Coffs Harbour

Tucked away on the North Coast, Coffs Harbour is also a great place to surf.

Diggers Beach in particular is known for its family friendly surf schools and stunning scenery, so be sure to book your Coffs Harbour accommodation well ahead of time if you’re looking to visit during the school holidays!

Port Macquarie

You’ll be spoiled for choice with 18 beaches in the area, many of which are ideal for surfers at all skill levels.

Keen surfers should head to Lighthouse Beach for a full 9km stretch of golden sands and beach breaks, where they will find the best waves toward the northern end.

Port Stephens

With 26 beaches, including Bennetts Beach, Shoal Bay, Birubi Beach and One Mile Beach, Port Stephens is perfect if you’re just picking up a surf board for the first time.

When the wind whips up, Fingal Bay Beach is particularly good at producing large waves for keen surfers.


With a great choice of surf and sand, there’s certainly no shortage of places to hit the waves.

Merewether is one of the most well-known surf spots, and is home to Surfest, the largest surfing competition in the country. This beach brings the best of the best in the world to its deep blue waters every year.

Check out Nobbys Beach, a popular location for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. This is a good option if you have small kids, as it is patrolled by lifesavers all year round.

Central Coast

Halfway between Newcastle and Sydney, the Central Coast has plenty to offer for surfers of all levels.

Plan a trip to North Head Beach for a guaranteed good ride and on the south side, try Soldiers Beach. The north end is sheltered, making it a favourite when the summer winds pick up. It’s a one kilometre stretch of surfing bliss!

Shellharbour and Kiama

The surfing at Shellharbour offers beach goers great choice along the 20km of NSW’s beautiful shoreline. The Shellharbour South Beach known for its white sands and regular waves, perfect for surfing, with the main Shellharbour beach is one of the most popular in the area.

Another nearby spot on the South Coast is Kiama, which is less than a 20-minute drive if you’re already in the area. The Kiama East Beach offers opportunities for all levels of surfer.

You can book yourself or the kids in for a surfing school holiday program with Pines Surfing Academy. The professionals here will work with all levels of surfers for two hours per day every day for three days.