As we head into the warmer months, you may be starting to notice the crowds beginning to gather in the surf. The collection of surfboards and bodies bobbing around the water often force you to often abandon your wave before a collision occurs. Indeed, it is difficult to have a relaxing and enjoyable surfing experience when you are constantly fighting grommets for that perfect wave on the crowded breaks of Australia’s city beaches.
If you are tired of all the agro in the surf, then you may need to seek out a more secluded surfing hotspot and Australia’s eastern seaboard has plenty of them.
From islands to national parks there are a number of places on Australia’s vast coastline that will allow you to surf uninterrupted. However, most secluded beaches are well off the beaten track, which means you may have to set up a camp to hang out in your down time.
Before leaving for a remote spot, make sure you are prepared. For starters, it’s a good idea not to surf alone at a secluded beach, so take a friend or family member along. In terms of supplies, pack some warm clothes and anything you might need to make repairs to your vehicle or surf board, and any general spare gear (for example leg ropes, wax and a ding repair kit). A GPS is an essential piece of equipment to help you navigate to that secluded surf break, while a phone to help you stay in touch with weather warnings and allow you to call for help should you need too.CC by Damian Gadal
Of course, you can pack your boards and gear into your car but often hiring a campervan is a good idea for an extended surfing holiday. Campervans are relatively affordable and have plenty of room to stow your surfboard and all your gear. A case in point is a campervan from Mighty Campers Australia which will set you back just $156 for 3 days hire.
That said, once you have all your gear packed and ready to go, you need to decide on your location. Here are five top locations known to have quality breaks and crowd-free surfing conditions.
Cave Beach, Booderee National Park, ACT
Listed as one of the best secluded beach camping areas in Australia by Australian Geographic, Cave Beach is located just three hours’ drive south of Sydney and is surrounded by pristine wilderness. Located in Booderee National Park (owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community) in the ACT, Cave Beach is the perfect spot for beginners and camping sites cost from $11 to $67 a night.
Whitehaven Island, QLD
One of the most picturesque spots in sun-kissed Queensland, Whitehaven Beach on Whitehaven Island is a secluded surf location you won’t want to leave. Located on the Great Barrier Reef and better known for its beautiful, white sandy beaches rather than its waves, this island paradise is still suitable for surfers and offers some smallish peelers along the sand bar, especially after a strong north-east wind cycle. Camping costs start from under $6 for adults per night.
75-Mile Beach, Fraser Island, QLD
75-Mile Beach is situated on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The massive beach – one of the longest known beaches in the world – will have you feeling like you’re the only one taking advantage of its beauty and location. You will need a 4WD to get here and 75-Mile Beach receives plenty of swell and is suitable for most surfing levels. Visitors can camp along the beach and costs start at under $6 per night.
Spooky’s Beach, NSW
While many surfers have already discovered the great breaks of Spooky’s Beach, the spot does retain its laid-back charm and uncrowded atmosphere. Located in Yuraygir National Park between Yamba and Woolgoolga, Spooky’s provides a number of key surf breaks for both left-handers and right-handers as well as a scenic lookout and great swimming.
Treachery Beach, NSW
Located near Seal Rocks and surrounded by the Myall Lakes National Park, Treachery Beach is an unspoiled surfer’s haven that is known for its excellent breaks. Far from treacherous, the beach is an isolated yet pristine spot that offers white sandy beaches with barely a person in sight for as far as the eye can see. The beach is also popular with those who like to fish and is often visited by Sydney-based surfers who want to get away from the crowds and surf in peace. Camping sites in the area cost from $14 per person, per night.