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Australia and the South Pacific’s Best Surf Destinations and Camps

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Those hoping to score a winning combination of killer waves and breathtaking scenery need look no further than the shores of Australia and New Zealand. With Australia offering 35,877km of coastline on its mainland, and New Zealand serving up 15,000km, it makes sense that many of world’s best surf spots and camps are located in these acclaimed destinations. But with so many stellar options, it can be tricky to decide where to paddle out. So, we’ve scoured the beaches of Australia and New Zealand to discover the top surf spots and camps that cater to all levels of surfers, from beginners to pros.

Our list helps you bypass hours of tedious research, allowing you to easily plan an epic surf trip that will have you gliding through the warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean, riding a wave along side a pod of dolphins, and fully immersing yourself in cultures that view surfing as their heart and soul. If possible, pad your trip with extra time as these locations are so captivating you might just find yourself toying with the idea of giving up your current lifestyle for a hut on the beach and endless waves.

 

Check out the list here:

 

Australia

1. Let’s Go Surfing | 2. Surf Camp Byron Bay

3. The Macadamia Castle  | 4. Noosa | 5. Margaret River Busselton

6. Caves Road Chalets  | 7. Smiths Beach Resort

8. Pullman Bunker Bay Resort  |   9. Premalaya

10. Surfaris Central | 11. Mojo Surf Camp | 12. Gold Coast

13. Get Wet Surf School | 14. Central Coast Surf Academy

15. Shellharbour | 16. Pines Surfing Academy  | 17. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

18. Perth Go Surf | 19. Fowlers Bay Caravan Park | 20. Gold Coast Australia School of Surfing

21. Shipstern Bluff | 22. Lancelin’s Back Beach

23. Tweed Coast Surf School | 24. Angourie Resort

25. Rottnest Island | 26. Spot X Surf Camp | 27. Surf & Sun

28. Kiama | 29. Noah’s Backpackers | 30. IntheLoop Australia

31. Lord Howe Island  | 32. Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks

33. Sea All Dolphin Swims | 34. Moby’s Beachside Retreat

New Zealand

1. GreenWave Raglan

2. The Art Of Surfing | 3. NZ Surf n Stay Whangamata

4. Whanagamatā Surf School | 5.Saltwater Eco | 6.Muriwai Surf School

 

1. Let’s Go Surfing

Location: Byron Bay, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $60 per day

 

When it comes to that authentic beach-town vibe, Byron is a contender for the title all year round. The pristine northern climate and multiple breaks create ideal surf conditions, making Byron Bay a renowned haven for locals, surfing legends, musicians and movie stars alike.

Let’s Go Surfing at Byron Bay is the perfect surf school to find your inner balance on the waves, with small student to instructor ratios, surfing right off the main beach, and all equipment included in the lesson price. Surfers of all skill levels are welcome, as beginners are able to learn the basics and build their confidence on the board; while intermediate to advanced surfers are supported in the process of refining and improving their technique. Do as the locals do and dive into the fun at this iconic surf spot.

 

2. Surf Camp Byron Bay

Location: Byron Bay, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $140 per day in off season / $960 weekly

 

National Geographic recently voted Byron Bay the best place in Oz to learn to surf, and one of the top five places in the world. Surf Camp Byron Bay makes it easy to experience the pristine waves in Australia’s #1 surf town as it’s one of the few surf schools in the town licenced to teach in Byron Bay, meaning you get to skip the lengthy bus trips to other breaks fit for beginners.

Surf Camp Byron Bay facilitates the quintessential surfer’s lifestyle, providing direct beach access, daily lessons from professional instructors, a bed and meals at one of Byron’s favourite surfing hostel and freedom to explore this spectacular and diverse coastal region. Whether you want to surf ‘n’ stay for a short stint or post up for an extended stay, this legendary camp, which has been in operation since 1996, will provide the surfing experience of a lifetime.

 

3. The Macadamia Castle  

Location: Knockrow, Australia

Best time to visit: Open every day but Christmas

Fee: $25 per adult

 

Those searching for an ideal way to enjoy a one-day outing in Knockrow, and fully immerse themselves in this popular district, should look no further that The Macadamia Castle. This animal park and fine food store has been the area’s most popular activity destination for over 40 years as their animal park, café, nut bar, fine food section and retail store provide a full day of entertainment and education.

As this destination is so close to the famous waters of Byron Bay, it’s easy to mix surfing into your one-of-a-kind outing. If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing destination to enjoy gourmet food and coffee, kids activities, education, nearby surfing, and so much more, The Macadamia Castle is a must.

 

4. Noosa Heads, Australia

 

Location: Noosa Heads, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: N/A

 

Named as the tenth World Surfing Reserve, Noosa is acclaimed for its combination of diverse point breaks within a protected natural area, and the love of surfing woven into the cultural fabric of the town. Beyond the impressive point breaks, astounding natural beauty and easy accessibility, there are endless activities to enjoy in this Australian surf town. Forest trail runs, coastal track hikes, bird watching, dolphin-spotting (and whales in the winter), sightings of koalas in the treetops, and more, ensure that visitors never run out of opportunities for adventure.

Noosa’s Main Beach is one of the few spots on Australia’s coastline that faces north, providing a calm, sheltered bay for gentle surf that is ideal for beginners. Because of this, there are a number of surf schools on hand to guide those just beginning to dip their toes into the sport. And, intermediate and advanced surfers aren’t left out, as just around the corner are Noosa’s open beaches. With warm water, safe swimming, and epic surf all year round, in addition to the famous Hastings Street shopping, accommodations, restaurants and bars, there is something for everyone in Noosa.

 

5. Margaret River, Australia

Location: Margaret River, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $50 AUD per day for surf lessons / $185 AUD per week

 

Uncrowded, pristine conditions almost year round, in addition to stunning surrounding bushland, breweries, wineries, and an abundance of good places to eat, make Margaret River a wonderland of thrills and revelry. This region is unique as a surfing destination in that there are so many different breaks from the north end, which includes Dunsborough, Wilyabrup and Yallingup, and the south end of Gracetown, to the Margaret River mainbreak, and off the beaten track spots like Kilkarnup and Boranup.

Good swell is an almost daily occurrence here, particularly throughout autumn and winter when more advanced surfers who are in the know flock in to conquer the big waves. One of the greatest draws of this region is that because there are fewer people, less competition for waves, and a friendly and positive vibe in and out of the water, you can often have a break all to yourself. And, these stellar waves has made Margaret River one of the stops on the World Surf League circuit, causing likes of Kelly Slater and John Florence to smash it out at the famous Mainbreak and The Box.

 

6. Caves Road Chalets 

 

Location:Margaret River, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $190/ night for two people

 

As one of Australia’s top surfing destinations Margaret River Region is home to the annual Margaret River Surf Pro, in addition to other world class attractions like caves, lighthouses, wineries, breweries, and galleries. One the most celebrated options for accommodations in the area is Caves Road Chalets, which offers 1 and 2 bedroom rustic loft-style chalets, nestled in 64 acres of natural Aussie bushland.

The nearby surf-breaks of Gracetown, North Point, South Point, Huzza’s, Left Hander’s, The Womb and Ellensbrook are all so close, guests of Caves Road Chalets can often hear the crash of the waves when the swells up. Between surf sessions, guests can walk the grounds in search of many varieties of Australian wildlife and seasonal wildflowers, or drive into the nearby township for shopping and sightseeing. Those wanting a thorough immersion into Australian bushland and surf culture will find their bliss at Caves Road Chalets.

 

 

7. Smiths Beach Resort 

 

Location: Yallingup, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $200 per night

 

Pure heaven for beach lovers, Smiths Beach Resort is the quintessential Australian beachside experience, as it’s replete with stunning surroundings, year round surf breaks for all skill levels, and luxury accommodations. Nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, this boutique luxury hotel features a range of fully self-contained beach houses, luxury apartments and villas.

Most accommodations at the resort offer large open plan living areas, with fireplaces and spectacular views from the balcony. Partnering with well-known restaurateur Kate Lamont, the resort features Lamont’s Smiths Beach, which incorporates a gourmet deli and café with a fine dining restaurant, offering guests a premium range of food and wine from the region. Beyond the accommodations and food, visitors will be in heaven as they the national park that surrounds the park, offering easy access to pristine beaches and classic surf breaks.

 

8. Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

 

Location: Margaret River, Australia

Best time to visit: September to April

Fee: $390 per Studio Villa per night

 

With a huge variety of surf breaks suitable for all skill levels, jaw-dropping natural scenery, a plethora of adventure, and food and wine activities to enjoy when you’re not surfing, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort provides seemingly endless access to excitement and discovery. This enchanting beachfront retreat is nestled on the white sands and turquoise waters of Bunker Bay, three hours south of Perth, Western Australia, and offers spacious and luxuriously appointed studios, and one, two or three-bedroom villas. The resort is a perfect choice for surfing holidays with friends and family.

After testing your skills on the region’s best surf breaks, return to the resort and indulge in ocean-view dining at the restaurant and bar, kick back with a cocktail by the heated infinity pool, or rejuvenate sore muscles at the award-winning day spa. And while the surf is unforgettable year round, September to April is a great time of year to visit as it coincides with spring swells, summer beach weather, and the Margaret River Surf Pro.

 

9. Premalaya 

 

Location: Yallingup, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: Per chalet, per night is $240 during low season , $320 during mid-season, and $390 during high-season

 

Pristine and uncrowded, Yallingup is one of the true jewels of the Australian surfing crown. You’ll be hard pressed to find a finer collection of reefs, points and big wave spots that exist in such close proximity anywhere else in the world. And, to round out your experience of the region, the wellness resort Premalaya offers accommodations for extended stays and group bookings, in addition to in-house yoga, Ayurvedic practitioners and massage therapists.

Premalaya provides easy access to the best that this untouched part of the world has to offer, such as idyllic vineyards and famous surf spots where you will experience consistent waves suitable for all varieties of surfers. This is the place to come if you’re searching for a balance of excellent surf and whole-being nourishment.

 

10. Surfaris Central 

 

Location: Crescent Head, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: 5 day surf tours start at $850

 

The quality of waves found in Crescent Head is hard to find anywhere else in the world. This unique location provides waves suitable for all levels of surfers as it has point breaks with long rolling rights, beach breaks that can be surfed by all levels, and bombies and river mouths for advanced surfers ready to go all in.

One of the best ways to experience this region, which is nestled amongst national parks, is with the Surfaris surf camp. This camp not only provides amazing surfing experiences, but also provides guests with enough information to continue honing their skills when they leave camp. Surfaris has been running since 1994, making it one of the oldest running surf camps in Australia, and has stayed true to their mission of ensuring 100% guest satisfaction, and the safest, best surf trips possible.

 

11. Mojo Surf Camp

 

Location: Coffs Harbour, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $265 for room and surf lessons per day / $995 for room and surf lessons per week

 

Long days in the sun and waves lead to memorable nights around the campfire at the Mojo Surf Camp. This popular camp provides great food, awesome staff, comfortable and clean accommodations, and a prime location at the surf destination of Spot X, which lies North of Sydney and Coffs Harbour, and South of Byron Bay. Mojo Surf Camp has all the needed facilities, including laundry, a cooking area, a shop that sells the essentials, an entertainment area with Internet access, a tour desk, hammocks, and a movie room.

Beyond the more basic amenities, this camp facilities activities like surf rafting, river kayaking, kangaroo golf, volleyball, table tennis, slip n slide, and surfing at a clean and uncrowded beach. Surfers will have access to a wide range of boards and wetsuits, and surf instruction on one of the greatest learner-friendly surf beaches. A camp totally devoted to the surf lifestyle, and located in a National Marine Park, Mojo Surf Camp provides a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal areas, while ripping it up on legendary waves.

 

12. Gold Coast, Australia 

 

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: Local surf schools offer group lessons from $35-40 / Accommodations typically range from $25-$1,000 per night

 

Proud host of the Quiksilver/Roxy Pro, the Gold Coast is the 8th World Surfing Reserve and has produced numerous surfing world champions from Wayne ‘Rabbit” Bartholomew to Joel Parkinson. The pumping breaks, 57km of ocean-kissed beaches, a “surf above all else” mentality, and world surfing champs who are also locals, make the Gold Coast one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. This surf-centric community is truly extraordinary as it seems to be fuelled by the energy of the surf, often referring to it as their greatest muse.

There are numerous surf schools operating on the Gold Coast that cater to all ages and abilities, and operate year-round at many of the most popular breaks along the coast. If you fancy the idea of walking through sand the colour of sugar, swimming in water that rarely dips under 20 degrees, and living by the local mantra “life is better at the beach,” Australia’s Gold Coast needs to be next on your itinerary.

 

13. Get Wet Surf School 

 

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $65 for adults / $60 for students

 

The Spit, a surf destination located on one of the best sandbanks on the north side of the Gold Coast, provides smooth rolling lefts and right-hander waves. To get the most out of these waves, utilize the guidance of the pros at the Get Wet Surf School.

This surf school is a great way to get a short but effective taste of surfing as they offer two hour lessons, all needed equipment, such as a surfboard, wetsuit, rash shirt, and sunscreen, transport from Surfer’s Paradise to The Spit, and of course, professional instruction from experienced surf coaches. If you have visions of gliding across one of the Gold Coast’s glassy waves, book a lesson with Get Wet Surf School.

 

14. Central Coast Surf Academy

 

Location: Central Coast, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $35 for surf lessons per day

 

Empty line-ups with world-class waves await on the Central Coast of New South Wales. The breaks found in this area are suitable for everyone from intermediate surfers, to those that have surfed the most intimidating waves in the world.

The Central Coast Surf Academy knows their way around these waves, providing surf coaching with the most qualified professional coaches on the Central Coast for intermediate, advanced and professional levelled surfers. All lessons include equipment the most progressive video analysis. The greatest feature of this academy? The head coach is Amee Donohoe, a former world number #5 World Surf League surfer.

 

15. The Farm at Killalea Reserve  

 

Location: Shellharbour, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Surf lessons starting at $50 per person / Camping and van sites available at Reflections Killalea from $29 for 2 people

 

The breaks at The Farm, located within Killalea Reserve at Shellharbour, are consistent, appropriate for all levels of surfers, and unique as this surf spot faces south, catching the south swell that runs up the coastline. Because of this, The Farm has been declared a National Surfing Reserve on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Beyond the sought after waves, this area is home to many activities and amenities, like an acclaimed monthly Farmer’s Market, the yearly Sculptures at Killalea event, and coastal walks, in addition to picnic areas, a camp ground, and bunkhouse accommodations. Australian Surf Tours is a popular, local surf school that’s often lauded as more than just a surf camp, as they foster connections between people and nature, people and the ocean, and people with each other.

 

16. Pines Surfing Academy

Location: Shellharbour, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Surf lessons range from $50-$110/day

 

Pines Surfing Academy, Illawarra’s number one surf school, offers a range of lessons and camps, accommodating those looking for private lessons, group lessons, a holiday program, parties, day surf trips, school sports, or a corporate team building day. Teaching lessons at Killelea State Park, Pines makes it possible for students to surf at one of the most phenomenal beaches in Australia – a beach untouched by excessive development, abundant with lush scenery, and pumping with impeccable surfing conditions for all levels of ability.

This surf camp is popular for its friendly, professional instructors expertly trained in water safety and awareness, wave etiquette, board positioning, and wave knowledge, who will encourage and guide guests through their surfing progression. In addition, all equipment, such as wetsuits and boards, is provided.

 

17. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

Location: Torquay, Australia

Best time to visit: September 1 – April 31

Fees: Surf lessons are $45/day and $320/week

 

Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road is like a gourmet buffet of beach and reef surf breaks. Most of the areas along this road are within a protected natural area and are teeming with uncrowded beaches that melt into waves that are usually suitable for most levels of surfers.

A reverence for the ocean and surfing is a common thread among the communities that lie on the Great Ocean Road, making it a haven for those looking to immerse themselves in Aussie surf culture. A good way to experience the surfing, and other ocean adventures in this area, is with the Great Ocean Road Surf Tours who provide accommodations and transport, in addition to opportunities for dolphin and seal swims.

 

18. Perth Go Surf 

Location: Nedlands, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Surf lessons starting at $30

 

Brighton Beach is alive with playful waves, breaking in crystal clear water suited to all surfers, regardless of skill level. With white sandy beaches, and surf that is generally uncrowded, this destination is an easy win for beach lovers. To get the most out of your time here, sign up for group or private surf lessons with Go Surf Perth.

Beyond the basic surf lessons, this surf school offers beginner and intermediate surfing certificate courses, advanced surf coaching , team building sessions, surfing awareness for kids and adults, parties, lessons for school groups and more. All instruction is provided by accredited surfing instructors who have qualifications for surf rescue, senior first aid, and working with children. It’s hard to go wrong with a surf school that strives to “promote, encourage, empower and assist” in order to give all their clients the opportunity to experience the thrill of the ocean and the sport of surfing.

 

19. Fowlers Bay Caravan Park

Location: Scott Point, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: Rates per night are as follows. Powered sites $30 for 2 people/ Unpowered sites $25 for 2 people/ On-site caravan $55, or $65 with linen/ Extra person $8 with a max or 6 people per site

 

Located on the remote western coast of the Eyre Peninsula, the little known spot of Scott Point features a right hand bombie that you have a good chance of riding solo. For those taking advantage of the stellar road tripping opportunities found across Australia, there are charming camping and caravan sites available at Fowlers Bay Caravan Park. In addition, bush camping is available at Scott Point. If the thought of catching a right hand bombie without any competition wasn’t enough to convince you to check out Scott Point, know that surfing legend Kelly Slater is often spotted here.

 

20. Gold Coast Australia School of Surfing 

Location: Coolangatta, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Room and surf lesson is $149/day and $745/week

 

Found on the Gold Coast are the crisp and clean waves of Coolangatta. To guide surf enthusiasts through an in-depth exploration of these waters is Nancy Emerson of Gold Coast Australia School of Surfing. Nancy supports travelers in booking a surf guide and planning an adventure on the stunning Sunshine Coast, utilizing her years of experience, knowledge, patience, and passion for helping surfers boost their surfing skills to new levels, while promoting fun and empowerment along the way.

 

21. Shipstern Bluff 

Location: Hobart, Australia

Best time to visit: March – September

Fees: N/A

 

A coveted destination for intrepid advanced surfers, Shipstern Bluff is known for having waves that are equal parts stellar and challenging, even for professional surfers. If you’re good enough to catch these waves, you’re in for a good time. But, this spot is not for the faint of heart, and has been described as “terrifying, death-defying and downright scary” – favorite words of adrenaline junkies.

Just getting to Shipstern Bluff is an adventure, as you have to hike through the Tasmanian bush with your board for about two hours before walking out to the point, beneath a soaring sandstone cliff, and then jumping into the raging ocean. And be forewarned that the swells abruptly hit a granite rock ledge just a few metres from a boulder-lined point, creating below sea level surges and violent double barrels. If you survive the waves, you’ll have eternal bragging rights. As there are no surf schools that take clients to Shipstern Bluff, you’d be wise to request some local guidance before braving these menacing waves.

 

22. Lancelin’s Back Beach 

Location: Lancelin, Australia

Best time to visit: March – September

Fee: N/A

 

Clear waters, minimal surfers and easy accessibility make Lancelin’s Back Beach an ideal location to become familiar with the underutilized waves of Lancelin. Just 85 minutes from Perth, by car, this is one of the closest surf breaks to Perth where you can park your 4WD on the beach and get straight into the water. There is no local surf school but there is a rental shop where you can gear up for the fun.

 

23. Tweed Coast Surf School 

 

Location: Hastings Point, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Surf lessons range from $65-$120

 

Hasting Point River Mouth is one of the safest spots to learn how to surf on the Tweed Coast, making it an ideal locale to experience surfing for the first time. The Tweed Coast Surf School can help you in this endeavor, teaching you the skills to ride the waves on the breathtaking Tweed Coast. They offer popular group beginner surfing lessons that will teach you the basic skills and help you catch your first wave. Their goal is to give you an authentic taste of surfing, useful safety information about waves and the beach, and a smile that lasts for hours.

 

24. Angourie Resort 

Location: Yamba, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $165-$295/night for one bedroom apartment

 

The Australian region of Yamba has been declared by the CSIRO as having the best climate to live, work and play. Enhancing the enviable lifestyle in Yamba and Angourie, are the multiple beaches and point breaks to choose from, including secluded destinations surrounded by the awe-inspiring Yuraygir National Park. These beaches are suitable for beginners and intermediates, while also providing breaks for the most experienced surfers.

A prime spot to stay when exploring Yamba is the Angourie Resort, which offers two bedroom villas and one-bedroom apartments. Coastal accommodations can house up to six guests. To round out the experience, the resort features the Cunjevoi Restaurant & Bar, Essential Elements Day Spa, which includes a steam room and therapy pool, a large resort pool, a tennis court, bike rentals and gym. Angourie Resort is nestled amongst the lush subtropical rainforest habitat of Yamba, and boasts the rare combination of first class facilities and unique natural wonders, which of course includes access to the world-class surfing.

 

25. Rottnest Island 

Location: Perth, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Accommodations on the island range from $38-$74

 

If you’re an intermediate to advanced level surfer, be sure to add Australia’s Strickland Bay to your “must surf” list, as it was voted one of the 50 best breaks in the world. Located off the coast of Western Australia on Rottnest Island, this spot offers a year-round break with left hand waves that have a tendency to barrel, and short, powerful waves to the right. These epic breaks have caused Strickland Bay to become known as an iconic surfing destination.

Beyond the surfing, Rottnest Island features a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery, some of the world’s finest beaches and bays, and a range of activities like hiking trails, bike riding and skydiving. Nicknamed “Stricko’s,” this surf spot has been a favourite island getaway for surfers in the know since the 1950’s and should be an easy yes for those with a dual love of surfing and stunning beach landscapes.

 

26. Spot X Surf Camp 

Location: Arrawarra Beach, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Room and surf lessons are $132.50/day and $774/six-nights

 

Spot X, a surf spot totally devoted to the surf lifestyle and located in a National Marine Park, provides a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal areas. An ideal way to soak in all that this diverse surf destination has to offer is with Spot X Surf Camp, a camp that offers packages ranging from a few days to a few months.

During this immersion into all things surf culture, guests will enjoy guided surf adventures, unforgettable nights sharing stories around a campfire, great food, awesome staff and comfortable, clean accommodations. Regardless of the length of their stay, guests are sure to leave transformed, and fully rejuvenated.

27. Surf & Sun

Location: Middleton, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $55/ 2-hour lesson

 

Middleton Beach, which is about 90 minutes from Adelaide, is an ideal beach to learn how to surf, as it has consistent waves throughout the year. Middleton’s long rolling white water waves create perfect conditions for beginners to ease into surfing and begin their honing their skills. Surf & Sun is the go-to camp in this area, also offering rentals for soft-top boards, SUP boards, body boards, and wetsuits. For those skipping the surf, they can explore the area by renting bikes or snorkel equipment.

 

28. Kiama, Australia 

Location: Kiama, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: N/A

 

For more than a century, surfers have been drawn to the surf villages of the Kiama area, as they boast some of the best breaks in Australia. Only 90 minutes south of Sydney, Kiama offers nine pristine beaches, each with unique wave breaks to choose from. Whether you favour shortboards or are an avid bodyboarder, Kiama has you covered.

A past host of the World Junior Championships, Kiama just secured the third leg of the APB World Tour, which will bring the best of the world’s bodyboarders to the Kiama Wedge. Beyond getting the chance to share the water with local professional surfers, Sally Fitzgibbons and World Title Champion, Tyler Wright, Kiama features uncrowded waves, vibrant sunrises, sensational coffee and food, Australia’s highest zip line adventure, boutique shopping, and breaks which include Surf Beach, Boneyard and Jones Beach. Get the most of your surfing experience by checking out one of the areas popular surf schools; Surf Camp Australia and Land’s Edge Surf School.

 

29. Noah’s Backpackers

 

Location: Bondi Beach, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $25/ night and $150/week

 

No surfer or beach lover should be in Australia without having world famous Bondi Beach on their itinerary. A favorite of beginner and seasoned surfers alike, this beach has reliable waves that wash onto its white-sand shore, often teeming with a fun and friendly crowd.

To stay on the beach without draining your travel budget, check out the secure and social backpackers hostel, Noah’s Backpackers. Noah’s provides a communal kitchen, coin laundry, roof top BBQ and sun deck, a TV room with cable and vending machine, The Anchor Bar & Restaurant, bathrooms on every level, an airport shuttle, and free Wi-Fi and bodyboard rentals. Be prepared to love this spot so much you continually stretch your stay.

30. InTheLoop Australia 

Location: Pallarenda, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $200/day

 

At Pallarenda you’ll find a unique combination of conditions ideal for both SUP surfing and kiteboarding. If you wake up early enough, you can score a glassy SUP session, then wait a few hours before the wind picks up, inviting you and your kiteboard into its gusts. And as Pallarenda is located in Townsville, the sunniest spot in Australia, you’re almost guaranteed to have pristine beach weather every day of the year.

For lessons and gear, you’ll want to check out InTheLoop Australia. IntheLoop has a team of experts with a passion for water sports that can provide quality kiteboard and SUP lessons. Beyond the lessons and needed gear, they provide transportation to the beach and serve as your tour guides for the area.

 

31. Lord Howe Island, Australia

Location: Lord Howe Island, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: N/A

 

A coveted destination for intrepid advanced surfers, Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage site that offers a rare chance to surf on reef and open ocean breaks. The beauty of this beach is heightened by its stunning backdrops of lush rainforest and mountainous landscapes, and is a great surf spot for enthusiastic wave riders, from learners to professionals.

The island has a number of breaks, mostly on the outside of the coral reef bordering the lagoon, but Blinky Beach’s “champagne surf” is a popular choice for many. Ned’s Beach is another great option in the right conditions. Don’t miss out on the world’s southernmost coral reef, replete with an easygoing atmosphere, pristine natural conditions, and magnificent marine life.

 

32. Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks 

Location: New South Wales, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fee: $48 per night – $150 per night

 

The surf spots on the Macleay Valley Coast offer five point breaks and twenty main beaches, not including the smaller secret beaches, which makes it easy to find primo waves in this area year round. Crescent Head, the jewel in the crown of this coast, has one of the best longboarding point waves in Australia, boasts long walls, multiple sections and 500+ metre rides. North of Crescent, you can find a mix of sand bottom point breaks, uncrowded beach breaks and fun smaller waves for kids and beginners.

Holiday parks in this area are the place to stay, with a range of sites, both powered and unpowered, that are great for camping, caravanning or pulling up in the surf van. All parks are located on these beachfronts, making it easy to access the main surf spots. There is also an impressive range of eateries, including pubs, bakeries and cafes that offer a wide array of local treats.

 

33. Sea All Dolphin Swims 

 

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Best time to visit: September – June

Fees: Surf lessons are $99/adult and $69/child

 

The only experience of its kind around Melbourne, Sea All Dolphin Swims charter boat offers a surf experience where participants are taught to surf on the wake of an 11-meter charter vessel. They are the only operator in the country who can guarantee clients will get surf during their lesson. As the wave created by the boat is gentle and predictable, this is a unique and ideal experience for anyone who has always wanted to learn to surf.

In addition to their wake surfing offering, Sea All Dolphin Swims also provides traditional surf lessons on the beach, hydro-foiling lessons, dolphin and seal swims, private charters, and sightseeing tours.

 

34. Moby’s Beachside Retreat

Location: Boomerang Beach, Australia

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: 1 bedroom for 2 nights midseason is $340.00 / 1 bedroom midseason for 7 nights is $900.00

 

Pristine waves in clear waters, 50meters from your beach house accommodation is the dream for almost every surfer. This dream is made a reality at Moby’s Beachside Retreat located just 50m from Boomerang Beach and only a stone throw away from three beautiful beaches that all face a different direction. These unique conditions make this resort a prime location for beginners to pros hoping to score that perfect wave.

Beyond the surf, Moby’s offers beach house accommodations, a heated swimming pool and spa, day spa, gym, tennis court, children’s playground, “Moby’s on Red Gum” restaurant and bar, and a conference and event centre. This is your spot if you’ve been dreaming of a well-rounded Australian surf vacation.

 

New Zealand

 

1. GreenWave Raglan 

Location: Raglan, New Zealand

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $220 for two-day package, $460 4-day package 

 

For good reason, Raglan is famous in the surfing world for having some of the best waves and being the most active surf town in New Zealand. The surf breaks in Raglan produce some of the highest quality, most consistent waves in the country, from firing left point breaks to mellow beach breaks. This wide variety of waves ensures everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy the waves.

Beyond the waves, lies a cruisy surf town of Raglan made up of cafes, yoga studios, and a friendly, active local community. One of the best ways to get the most of this spot is with the GreenWave Raglan surf camp. This camp includes breakfast and home-cooked dinners every day, free transport to and from the beach, equipment and lessons that are based on the best tides and conditions. In addition, free photos are included with each lesson and can be downloaded off their website. But, be forewarned that you may love this experience so much that you’ll never want to leave.

 

2. The Art Of Surfing 

Location: Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Best time to visit: December – May

Fees: $120/person

 

White sandy beaches with waves offering perfect a-frame peaks can be enjoyed at the Mount Maunganui surf spot – a must for recreational to advanced surfers traveling through New Zealand. This sandy destination has many of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand, and although the surf isn’t as consistent as other areas in the country, it features some of the best beach break waves the country has to offer between December and May.

Get to know this surf spot with The Art Of Surfing camp that offers surf specific high performance coaching for all abilities. Specialising in technique, video analysis, equipment and the development of competitive surfers, The Art Of Surfing has developed the customizable programs needed for surfers of every level to fulfill their potential.

3. NZ Surf n Stay Whangamata

 

Location: Whangamata, New Zealand

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: Dorms are from $35 per night including breakfast / Surf n Stay package is $595 NZD with a 6 night stay and 5 surf lessons

 

Relish a ride on long breaking lefts over a sand bar, before paddling back out through a blessedly easy channel, at New Zealand’s Whangamata Beach. This spot is so divine many globetrotting surfers rank it as their favorite. The NZ Surf n Stay Whangamata surf camp simplifies your ability to enjoy this destination as it provides a variety of surf packages for all levels, in addition to guided paddle tours through a blowhole to the lagoon and hidden beach on Whenuakura Island. You’re sure to feel at home at this friendly family owned camp that has a passion for fostering a love of surfing in every guest.

 

4. Whanagamatā Surf School

Location: Whangamata, New Zealand

Best time to visit: All year!

Fees: $70/day

 

Consistent swell and great surf allow Whangamatā to accommodate beginner to expert surfers. Voted best beach in New Zealand, Whangamatā is one of the most flawless beaches in the country, with untarnished coastline and silky waves. Situated right on the beach front, Whangamatā Surf School has direct access to the best waves for all conditions and offers individual or group lessons to suit the needs of each guest. With backgrounds in education and high performance sport, their instructors are usually New Zealand natives and qualified to provide the most accurate local knowledge, and of course, a great surfing experience. An extra perk of this destination are the dolphins that will occasionally share a wave with you.

 

5. Saltwater Eco 

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Best time to visit: September – June

Fees: Beginner Lessons start at $69 per person for 2 hours / Beginner Surf Multiple lesson packs start at $190 for a pack of 3 lessons

 

Fun, friendly, and uncrowded waves abound at Omaha Beach, just an hour north of Auckland City. Omaha is perfect for beginners as it offers multiple mellow beach breaks and has plenty of room for all. But, this beach also has something for intermediate and advanced surfers as the north end of the beach is home to Omaha Bar, a legendary intermediate break that works at low tide on larger swells, North East to South East.

To help educate you on these waters is the surf school Saltwater Eco, which has passionate instructors who are highly experienced and tailor their teaching methods to suit their clients. The team at Saltwater Eco pride themselves on teaching with long-term outcomes in mind, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.

 

6. Muriwai Surf School 

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Best time to visit: November – May

Fees: Check website for rates

 

The gorgeous surf spot of Muriwai Beach offers natural beauty with minimal crowds – a dream for those who want their surfing experiences more focused on a connection with the sea, instead of a competition for waves. On the southern end of this beach you’ll find a sheltered point that sits next to 45kms of a forest-backed beach that you’re allowed to drive on. Playful, empty peaks are easy to score here.

If you’re in need of gear or instruction while visiting Muriwai Beach, the Muriwai Surf School has a surf shed located by the beach in Muriwai Regional Park. This school has a massive range of high-quality equipment, including over 250 Rip Curl wetsuits and an impressive range of surfboards from high performance short boards, retro fish, fin less, and performance mini mals, to high-quality long boards, soft boards, and Bics for beginners. After you’re geared up, they’ll take you out for surf lessons in a fun, safe and professional environment. To get the best waves, visit between November and May.

 

 

Jump back to the list of the 40 most epic surf spots and camps in Australia and New Zealand here:

 

Check out the list here:

 

Australia

1. Let’s Go Surfing | 2. Surf Camp Byron Bay

3. The Macadamia Castle  | 4. Noosa | 5. Margaret River Busselton

6. Caves Road Chalets  | 7. Smiths Beach Resort

8. Pullman Bunker Bay Resort  |   9. Premalaya

10. Surfaris Central | 11. Mojo Surf Camp | 12. Gold Coast

13. Get Wet Surf School | 14. Central Coast Surf Academy

15. Shellharbour | 16. Pines Surfing Academy  | 17. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

18. Perth Go Surf | 19. Fowlers Bay Caravan Park | 20. Gold Coast Australia School of Surfing

21. Shipstern Bluff | 22. Lancelin’s Back Beach

23. Tweed Coast Surf School | 24. Angourie Resort

25. Rottnest Island | 26. Spot X Surf Camp | 27. Surf & Sun

28. Kiama | 29. Noah’s Backpackers | 30. IntheLoop Australia

31. Lord Howe Island  | 32. Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks

33. Sea All Dolphin Swims | 34. Moby’s Beachside Retreat

New Zealand

1. GreenWave Raglan

2. The Art Of Surfing | 3. NZ Surf n Stay Whangamata

4. Whanagamatā Surf School | 5.Saltwater Eco | 6.Muriwai Surf School

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About the Author: Bailey Gaddis

Bailey is the author of Feng Shui Mommy, a travel writer, avid scuba diver, and lover of adventure. She has lived in California, Texas, Mexico, Peru, and the Honduras and is currently landed in Ojai, California. She found her ideal partner in a surfing-Aussie who is often the catalyst for their international travel (that's on a budget, with a toddler!) She is a contributing writer for Flight Network, Babble, Huff Post, Working Mother, Trip Savvy, Scary Mommy, Your Tango, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Day, Cosmo, and more. A collection of her writing can be found at BaileyGaddis.com

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