If you’re a surfer and have visited NSW then you know that the surfing is some of the best in Australia and the world! To save you some time surfing the net (and maximise your time surfing the waves) we’ve put together a list of our favourite surf spots in NSW.


Ever seen the Australian TV series Puberty Blues? Well it was filmed in Cronulla. Located around a 40 minute drive south of Sydney CBD, the area is well-known for its epic surf. A 4km coastline with four awesome beaches (Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla) there’s plenty to choose from – our recommendation: Wanda!


Well this one is pretty easy, but we had to put it on the list. Sydney, the capital of NSW, is home to some of the best surfing in the world, with Bondi and Manly taking our top spots. Bondi is one of the world’s most famous beaches and is surrounded by amazing restaurants and bars. While the surf at Manly is ideal for beginners as it has very reliable sandbanks and easy-to-surf waves.

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Byron Bay

The Byron Shire is bursting with amazing surf spots, with great waves at pretty much every beach. Some of our favourites are The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Wategoes and Belongil. Byron is also home to a unique culture with its relaxed ‘surfy’ vibe. Some of these beaches are in our top 4 beaches in Australia!

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Coffs Harbour

The Big Banana? What about big swell! Located half way between Brisbane and Sydney, Coffs is a must-visit for anyone wanting to go surfing in Australia! Whether you’re a beginner surfer or an expert, there’s something for everyone. Our top pics are Diggers Beach, Arrawarra, Gallows Beach and North Wall.

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Crescent Head

Stepping into Crescent Head is like stepping back into the 1960’s with its easy going surfer vibe! In 2008 it was declared a National Surfing Reserve and is only one of four Australian sites recognised for its great surfing significance. An absolute MUST for anyone surfing in NSW.

Port Macquarie

Aside from cracking surf, Port Macquarie is home to heaps of amazing activities such as picturesque coastal walks, whale watching, camel riding and fishing! Our top surfer spots are Flynn’s Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Town Beach.

Looking for more spots to go surfing in Australia? Check out our Victoria Surf SpotsQueensland Surf Spots run downs.