Best surfing spots to visit this summer

Wax the board and get ready to hit some of the best surf beaches in Australia. From the world-famous surfing reserve at Bondi Beach to the curling tropical waters of Queensland, Australia is renowned for surfing spots that cater to all levels of experience. Those looking to find their feet and master the breaks will also find plenty of surf schools to get them started. So let’s dive into the best surfing beaches!


Bells Beach

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It’s time to hit the waves at Bells Beach. Image from Getty.

Located near the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, Victoria’s iconic Bells Beach is known for its powerful and consistent waves. This stunning beach has also hosted the Rip Curl Pro since 1961, attracting world-class surfers from around the world. With its powerful, long right-hand break, Bells Beach surfing is perfect for experienced surfers looking to challenge themselves. Beginners can also try their skills with nearby Surf and Sun. Even if you’re not riding the waves, the natural beauty of this coastline will leave you breathless.

Where to stay

Close to Bells Beach Victoria and what are regarded as some of the best surfing beaches in Australia, Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong overlooks Corio Bay’s beautiful waters. This Geelong accommodation is also close to local attractions, such as the Eastern Beach Reserve.


Bondi Beach

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Hit the waves at Bondi Beach. Image from Getty.

Arguably Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach is more than just bronzed surf rescue and perfectly toned bodies. Home to a National Surfing Reserve, this golden slice of Sydney also serves up the waves in perfectly formed sets. In fact, Bondi surf is ideal for experienced riders as well as those learning to surf, with plenty of surf schools such as Let’s Go Surfing. After surfing at Bondi Beach, grab a coffee or a drink from one of the many cafes and bars nearby and soak up the sun.

Where to stay

Situated in vibrant Surry Hills, close to Sydney’s beautiful Eastern Beaches, Hotel Harry, Ascend Hotel Collection sports colourful Cuban themes matched with old world charm, live music and entertainment.

Manly Beach

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Only a short ferry ride from Sydney’s Manly Beach offers a laid-back ambience with consistent surfing waves suitable for all levels – making it an ideal destination for beginners and seasoned surfers alike. The steady swell and inviting atmosphere of Manly Beach make it a beloved spot for both dedicated locals and those on Surfari. Plus, the beach’s vibrant seaside town ensures there’s plenty to do when you’re out of the water. Beginners can book in some surf lessons to learn some tricks with Manly Surf School.

Where to stay

Settle into the lively Sydney CBD, and within easy reach of the Manly Beach Sydney ferry, at Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection. This cool Art Deco classic is also close to Sydney highlights such as Circular Quay, the Rocks and the Sydney Opera House.


Noosa Head Beach

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Nothing beats surfing at sunset. Image from Getty.

Known for its consistent waves and crystal-clear waters, the laid-back paradise of Noosa Heads surfing is a must for surfers looking for a tropical escape. The area offers a variety of breaks, including the famous point break at First Point, which is perfect for longboard enthusiasts. Noosa’s National Surfing Reserve status also reflects its reputation as a natural wonder of the surfing world. Beginners can learn with Go Ride A Wave. After your session, enjoy some seafood at one of Hasting Street’s waterfront restaurants.

Where to stay

For luxury accommodation by the ocean shores, and within driving distance to Noosa Heads surf, Breeze Mooloolaba Ascend Hotel Collection and First Light Mooloolaba Ascend Hotel Collection both offer outstanding accommodation on golden beachfronts and sparkling Sunshine Coast.