Australia. The word itself has become practically synonymous with beach culture – a land of sculpted rock pools, silky white sand sheaths and numerous fish and chip shops lining city streets. What can we say? In a country of 11,000 beaches, you’d be hard-pressed not to find some truly amazing surf locations. For those keen on a sweet summer adventure, book your hostel in Australia and check out some of our favourite surf spots Down Under.
Best surf spot in Queensland
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast
While Mooloolaba and The Spit are both renowned for great surf, there’s not much that could beat the clean waves and killer barrels of Snapper Rocks. Since the Tweed River sand bypass was constructed in 1995, a build-up of new sand has created an almost perfect break, allowing surfers to ride the same wave for over 1000m! On a good day, expect to see anything up to 800 surfers battling for their place over the 2km wave. Dedicated fans could also book a Brisbane backpackers hostel and head down in late February for the annual Quiksilver pro surfing tour.
Best surf spot in New South Wales
Freshwater Beach, Sydney
In December of 1914, swimming champion Duke Khanamoku officially introduced surfboard riding to Australia at Freshwater Beach. The Aussies immediately developed a love affair with this newfound sport and haven’t looked back since! In fact, you can now see a statue of Khanamoku on the headland at Freshwater, while his original surfboard remains on display at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club. Despite being only 350m long, the beach itself continues to be one of Australia’s most popular surfing destinations. Book your Sydney hostel in time for the Australian summer, and check out the sweet 2m waves on offer.
Best surf spot in Victoria
Bells Beach, Torquay
Lying three miles southwest of Torquay, Bells Beach is a haven for surf enthusiasts travelling the Great Ocean Road. In fact, you’ll find everything about this area is geared towards surfing – from the clothes shops to the board manufacturers and relaxed demeanour of those beachy blonde-haired locals. Check out both of the two reef sections – the ‘Rincon’ with waves in the 2-4ft range, and ‘The Bowl’ which offers surf of up to 15ft. Why not book your Melbourne backpackers hostel and head down over the Easter Weekend to watch the famous Rip Curl Pro championship?
Best surf spot in Western Australia
Home to the pulsing reef break affectionately known as ‘Margies’, Margaret River is undoubtedly the most popular surf destination in Western Australia. Book your hostel in Perth and head down on a day trip to take on these challenging world-class waves over 40km of coastline. If you’re travelling in March, check out the International Drug Aware Pro Margaret River Competition held at Surfers Point. You’ll find the renowned break here has a big peak that almost always comes with a wave.
Best surf spot in Tasmania
Poor Tasmania is all too often forgotten about when discussing the various spectacular beaches sprawled across Australia. And yet, despite being less famous than its mainland counterparts, this island state offers a range of quality surfing locales. When conditions are right, Pirate’s Bay at Eagle Hawk Neck is certainly a favourite destination for some great waves. This narrow isthmus is around 400m long and connects the Tasman Peninsula to Mainland Tasmania. As such, waves generated in the Tasman Sea will typically roll into the Bay and break along the Neck in incredibly long and smooth sets. Book your hostel in Tasmania and check them on your next summer holiday!
Thanks to Justin Otto, surfglassy, nigelhowe, surfglassy, robertpaulyoung, variationblogr for the excellent images from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.