Whether you’re an experienced surfer getting tired of fighting young grommets for waves in your local area or you’re a newbie hoping to learn to surf in a quiet area, you’re no doubt wishing you could find some secluded surf spots around Australia to paddle in peace. Lucky for you, they do exist! You can take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and head to one of a variety of quiet beaches in the eastern states that provide the perfect locale for a relaxing vacation. From Queensland islands to Sydney surf breaks or picturesque national parks, you’re sure to find an area you love and can return to year after year. Read on for secluded surf beaches to visit in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.
New South Wales
If you plan to select a hotel in Sydney over the summer and want to find a secluded surf spot to enjoy while you visit, then Wanda Beach is your best bet. The furthest patrolled beach on the north side of Cronulla, Wanda tends to draw small crowds and is a peaky, little beach break that is best in southeast and easterly swells. Wanda Beach was actually the location for that iconic, coming-of-age movie “Puberty Blues” that was released in the 1980s, so if you might think it familiar when you visit.
Also in New South Wales is the surfer haven Spooky’s Beach. The beach, located in Yuraygir National Park (along the NSW coast between Yamba and Woolgoolga) has an uncrowded atmosphere and a number of ideal both left-hander and right-hander surf breaks. You’ll find that Spooky’s rarely has more than a handful of people out at any one time, and the area retains a laid-back coastal charm.
Surrounded by the peaceful Myall Lakes National Park near Seal Rocks, Treachery Beach is an unspoiled surfer’s paradise known for its excellent breaks. A haven for Sydney-based surfies who need to get away from the city crowds, this beach is far from treacherous and provides an isolated and pristine spot with white sandy beaches and barely a person in sight.
Sun-kissed Queensland is always going to provide one of the best, most secluded surf locations in Australia, as well as idyllic weather conditions and natural beauty. One of the most famous beach spots in the state is Whitehaven Beach, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Usually renowned for its white sandy beaches rather than for its waves, this quiet spot on uninhabited Whitehaven Island actually offers some smallish peelers along the sand bar deposits after a strong northeast wind cycle.
Situated on iconic World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, 75-Mile Beach is another popular tourist location that also suited to surfers. One of the longest beaches in the world, 75-Mile will have you feeling like you’re the only one around any time you visit — especially considering that most of the tourists who head there don’t go in the water and are usually part of organised tour groups. The area receives decent swells and is suitable for a variety of surfing levels.
Another “best-kept secret” location to spend time at is Springs Beach. Located south of Agnes Water, a pretty seaside town, this quiet beach is surrounded by National Park and is one of the most northerly beaches for surfing in the state.
Australian Capital Territory
Located in the ACT, Cave Beach is situated in Booderee National Park (an area owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community) and is perfect for beginner surfers wanting to improve their skills. The beach is situated just three hours’ drive south of Sydney, so is popular with surfers from the capital city. Cave Beach was listed by Australian Geographic as one of the best secluded beach camping areas in Australia and is the perfect area for spending a few relaxing nights over the summer break.
Whether you’re looking for a new surf break close to home to try or needing a quiet destination to visit on your next holiday, you’ll find somewhere suitable in one of these three states. Pack up your favourite board plus some extra leg ropes, reef booties, rash vest and board fins, and you’re ready for a memorable summer holiday!
About the Author: Julie Caswell is an amateur surfer, a blogger and a travel writer.