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Best beaches for surfing near Sydney?

I'm traveling to Sydney in a few months and I'm looking for the best surf spots in the area. Preferably not super crowded. Also looking for a place to rent boards.

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Hi Kenneth,

Every tourist is going to Manly or Bondi Beach, but they are crowded and not even the best surfing beaches. Depending on what you're doing and whether you need to be close to the CBD (=city centre) you either go further north (north of Manly), or south (south of Bondi).

The closest proper surfing beach is Bronte Beach. There is a good swell and it's not too crowded, as it's simply too dangerous for beginners. A bit further down, but still with good access to the city is Maroubra Beach, pretty good surfing as well.

If you predominantly look for surfing and the distance to the city doesn't matter and you're not looking for hanging out with other travellers (Bondi is the best for this), then you can go to the Northern Beaches (north of Manly). Curl Curl Beach, Freshwater Beach, Dee Why and Narrabeen Beach are some of the really good surfing spots there.

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Manly (city)
  2. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  3. Bronte Beach (attraction)
  4. Maroubra Beach (attraction)
  5. Curl Curl Beach (attraction)
  6. Freshwater Beach (attraction)
  7. Dee Why (attraction)
  8. Narrabeen Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Rob from Costa Rica

One of teh good things in Sydney is the beaches. The Northern beaches are probably best for surf although Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra are good too. The Shire has Cronulla, Wandal, Green Hills. I would highly recommend Garie Beach, a fair way south of Sydney ( an easy day thrip ). But summing up, in Sydney I would head to the Northern Beaches

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tamarama (attraction)
  2. Bronte (attraction)
  3. Coogee (attraction)
  4. Maroubra (attraction)
  5. Cronulla (attraction)
  6. Wandal (attraction)
  7. Green Hills (attraction)
  8. Garie Beach (attraction)
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answered by
David from Sydney

One thing to understand about Sydney - all along the coast north and south there are beaches. Surfing is popular for obvious reasons, so finding a place that is not so crowded can be difficult.

Here's my pick:

1. Heading north of the city: North Narrabeen Beach has consistent waves. 

Break: Point-break. Left direction. How to get there: Bus: Express buses from Wynyard Station, such as the L90 and L88 stop at North Narrabeen, and take about 45 minutes. Car: From the city, head north over the bridge or through the tunnel, and head towards the northern beaches by following the signs to Mosman and Manly. From Mosman head over the Spit Bridge and keep heading north until you reach Narrabeen. Turn right onto Ocean Street and follow it to Malcolm Street. Find a parking spot and walk to the beach. There is a parking area near the beach.

Freshwater Beach is where surfing began in Australia and has pretty good waves.

2. South of the city:

Coledale Beach is a decent surf beach - but it has a camping reserve right beside the beach!

How to get there: The entrance to the camping reserve is off Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Car: Head south from the city down the Princes Highway. Take the exit to the Grand Pacific Drive, which becomes Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Train: There is a station at Coledale. Check the timetable at as the trains can be infrequent.

Garie Beach is also a decent surfing beach in a National Park south of the city. You'll need a car to get down to it.

Board Hire: The only places I know of that hire boards are at the more popular beaches, like Manly BeachBondi Beach and Cronulla Beach - all of which are great surf beaches and often if you surf on a weekday if will not be that crowded.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. North Narrabeen Beach (attraction)
  2. Freshwater Beach (attraction)
  3. Coledale Beach (attraction)
  4. Garie Beach (attraction)
  5. Manly Beach (attraction)
  6. Bondi Beach (attraction)
  7. Cronulla Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Bill from Sydney

Hi Kenneth 

Sydney has lots of amazing beaches - some of them are very famous like Bondi Beach & Manly. Unfortunately, this means they are often very crowded.

There are however a number of great beaches only an hour or two north and south of Sydney if you are looking for a bit of space. 

Look at areas like Wollongong & Gosford

Trust me, they may not have the international reputation but they do have a lot to offer.

Billy G 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  2. Manly (city)
  3. Wollongong (city)
  4. Gosford (city)
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answered by
Sir. Andrew from Newcastle

Only a 2 hour northbound train ride separates Sydney from Newcastle (Australia), home of Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach which are home to great surf and even host a number of competitions throughout the year.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sydney (city)
  2. Newcastle (Australia) (city)
  3. Merewether Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Patrick from United Kingdom

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Manly (city)
  2. Bondi Beach (metro area)
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