5 of the best surf breaks going on Oz’s East Coast
A guide to our favourite surf breaks Down Under.
Wet dreams are made of this.
This land we call Oz has more breaks than the emergency room after a ‘friendly’ footy match. We’ve got left-handers, right-handers, beach breaks, point breaks, reef breaks … here, you can get wet any which way.
Better still, we’ve got the whole winter-rarely-happens thing. Wet suits on the east coast, they’re optional. So, strip off and get in the salt water. Here are five of our best places to catch a wave.
Point break: Sandon Point, New South Wales
Head about an hour and a half south of Sydney for one of the best times you’ll ever have. They call it the Coal Coast and Sandon Point is our pick of the breaks on offer along this stretch of paradise. This right-hander is a super long ride that does best in south-west winds. Steer clear on days beginning with S though, ‘cause you’ll be in the line-up for days to come and it’s a bloody long paddle in…
Day tripper: The Farm, New South Wales
Still on NSW’s south coast, this beach break does best in a south-east swell but is pretty much always a good time. It’s also an epic place to make a day of it. Pack a picnic / goon box and you’re good to go. Make sure you have a designated driver though – you’ll need four wheels to get you here. (To save you eating your data on maps, simply take the Shellharbour exit of the Princes Highway and follow the signs to Killalea State Park.)
Go hard: Snapper Rocks, Queensland
Snapper Rocks is one of the many reasons to hit up Queensland’s Gold Coast. Home to Down Under’s surfing crown jewel, the Superbank, this barrel peels the entire way from Snapper to Greenmount Beach. For serious / more than half-decent surfers only. If you don’t fall into this category, stick to the shore and watch living legends carve it up.
Hot tip for young players: If you're just starting out, the 1st Wave Surf School offers private or group lessons, with surfboard and wetsuits provided.
Toes on the nose, beb: The Pass, New South Wales
It’s time to get the log out. The Pass is a long, peeling wave on the south end of Byron Bay’s main stretch of sand. One hundred percent, you have seen this break on Instagram before. There’s even a lookout that sits over the break so the non-surfers in your pack can cheer from above / take pics.
Surf and turf: Seal Rocks, New South Wales
Seal Rocks, a few hours north of Sydney, is officially called Number One beach and is the first beach you’ll spy when you round the corner towards the bay. With plenty of fun peaks at the south end for beginners / loggers / kooks, it’s best on south to westerly winds. If it’s a little too slow lane for you, head around the corner to Treachery. The caravan park across the road, too, is a great place to stay. Super budgeto and the perfect place to down some cold beers to say goodbye to the day. Hot tip: the shops are a good distance away so if you forget about snacks, you can forget about mates, too.