Surfing truly is a great Australian tradition and family activity, and it's commonplace to see the whole family hitting the beaches for a surf together and to enjoy the great the natural beauty of this great country.
Going on a surfing holiday in your caravan / RV product will provide you with the unique opportunity to combine two great elements of the outdoors – the freedom of the open road, and the beauty of the Australian waters!
Surfing embraces both physical and mental exercise in a fun and exciting way. It provides you with an opportunity to interact with and appreciate the wonders of our natural environment, and it introduces you to splendour of the ocean while keeping you healthy and active.
Just remember, when planning and researching a caravanning and surfing holiday, it’s important to assess the surfing abilities of all members on the trip. Those with more experience may prefer to base the holiday around more prominent and renowned surf spots, whilst beginners may require smaller, calmer beach breaks with less traffic.
Also, consider the fit-out of both your caravan and vehicle, having the appropriate roof racks and tie-down gear will ensure you can confidently and safely travel with numerous surfboards, and a four-wheel drive vehicle will provide you with means to enter off-road beach access points.
For more information on Australia's many surfing regions and to start planning your surfing experience, visit Surfing Australia.
Discover waves on the Gold Coast visit the aptly named Surfer’s Paradise beach or paddle across the Gold Coast seaway to South Stradbroke. While in the area you can visit Queensland’s famous point breaks Kirra and Burleigh Heads. Not forgetting Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where life and the beaches are a little less cluttered and more relaxed, why not visit Mooloolaba, Sunshine Beach or the famous Noosa beach region. Stradbroke and Fraser, islands a short distance of Queensland’s coast accessible by ferry also offer quality beaches.
FYI – once you reach areas such as the Fraser coast, the further north you go, surfing becomes a little less enjoyable due to the large quantities of jellyfish that wish to share the waters with you!
In Western Australia with such a vast stretch of coastline, there are simply too many beaches to mention them all. However, if you need some direction, Esperance an area pact with hundreds of islands and reefs provides plenty of excellent waves.
In Perth, surf of Trigg Island, Scarborough or Cottesloe beaches. In Margaret River, paddle out at Surfers Point or for the more experienced attempt the swells at The Box, North Points and Three Bears.
NEW SOUTH WALES
The NSW coastline offers plenty of opportunities to find good surf. Just south of the Queensland border and all the way towards Coffs Harbour, the coastline provides a number of great beach and point breaks, including the famous Byron Bay, Lennox and Angourie. Before you reach Sydney, Crescent Head, Port Macquarie and Newcastle provide plenty of opportunities to get wet and stretch your legs.
As for Sydney, it’s a mecca of surfing opportunities, with some many beaches in close proximity, you can trial some of the countries most renowned breaks. Visit the world famous Bondi for a mix of excitement, fashion and an opportunity to get on TV! Alternatively visit a host of beaches north and south of the bridge at Tamarama, Bronte, Maroubra, Manly, Queenscliff, Narrabeen, Avalon and Palm Beach.
South of Sydney, visit the Royal National Park or the Cronulla region or continue south to Port Kembla, Killalea State Park and Jervis Bay.
Yes, it has good surf and yes, its best advised to bring your wetsuit! The East coast is open to the ocean, the Tasman Sea. You can visit Park and Clifton beaches near Hobart or venture further to Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. For the more experienced surfer the Bass Strait offers big swell or you can continue West to Marrawah, home apparently to Tasmania’s biggest surf!
If Melbourne’s your starting point, your first decision is to decide, do I go East towards Philip Island and Lakes Entrance or do I go West to the famous Bells Beach. Secondly, I would ask myself, have I packed my wetsuit! Remember, the Antarctic sends its freshest waters to these spots.
Driving West along the Great Ocean Road (aka Victoria’s Surf Coast) you’ll find Anglesea, Fairhaven, Lorne and Torquay to mention a few, all nestled in the Bells Beach area. If you decide to keep going towards South Australia, the best advice on offer is to stop and ask the locals as these waters are unprotected and open to all of nature’s challenges, so a little local guidance will go a long way.
A short drive from Adelaide you will find the surf beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Kangaroo Island offers beginner beach breaks at Stokes, Vivonne and Pennington Bays and waves for the more experienced thrill seekers at Hanson and D’Estrees Bays. The Southern and Western coasts of Eyre Peninsula offer a variety of reef, point and beach breaks.
If you decide to keep going West, similar to Victoria the best advice on offer, is to stop and ask the locals.