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Surfing Activities Things to do in Western Australia

Things To Do in Western Australia


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Surfing at Boranup Beach

Boranup Beach is a powerful exposed beach break that offers left and right-handers that are suitable to all skills levels.

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Boranup Beach offers realtively consistent surf, especially during the Winter months. The break works on all tides with the best waves rolling in with offshore winds coming from the north-northeast and swells from the west-southwest. The break is relatively isolated so even on good days, the crowds tend to be limited. On smaller days, the waves are not as powerful, making the break perfect for beginners, especially with the soft sand bank. Beware of rips and sharks. 

Boranup Beach can be accessed via a bumpy 4x4 track off Boranup Drive. Once you reach the end off the track you then head north along the beach to the break, however the sand can be very soft so make sure do let your tyres down otherwise you could get bogged. 

 

Surfing at Cable Beach

Cable Beach (Broome) is an exposed beach break that offers left and right-handers, perfect for beginners.

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The opitmum conditions for surfing at Cable Beach are during the cyclone seaosn with eaterly winds and waves coming from a west-north-west direction. The surf is fairly inconsistent throughout the year and when the swells do roll in, the waves a re relatively small. The moajority of surfers use long boards however, you will often see a range or short boards and mals being used, especially when the swell picks up during the cycolne season. Cable Beach is often very crowded with swimmers so you can always drive further down the beach for a less crowded spot, just beware or the fast changing tides. 

Surfing at Centre Peak

Centres is a fast and heavy left that offers a hollow and square jawed barrel. It is located out the back of Tombstones and can be accessed via the Tombstones carpark.

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Centre Peak works best during a southwest to west swell and southeasterly winds, during all tides. The break is suited to exprienced surfers only and is know to be a "gentlemen's spot", so make sure you're willing to share the waves. 

 

Surfing at City Beach

City Beach is a left hand beach break that breaks off the groyne and is often crowded as it can only support a small crowd of surfers. Popular location for groms.

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City Beach Groyne works best during the winter months in easterly winds and west-southwest swells. The break is a short ride that breaks beside the groyne over a shallow sand bank and is best suited to the intermediate surfer.

 

 

Surfing at Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe is a fairly exposed beach and groyne break that is relatively consistent all year around.

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Cottesloe Beach offers left and right-handers on either side of the groyne, with the south side being a popular break for long borders and stand up paddle boarders. The break works best in offshore east-southeasterly winds with swells coming from the southwest, on a mean tide. During summer the break will reamin relatively flat however, it will sometimes produce a small rolling wave perfect for the beginner surfer. Cottesloe is often crowded, especially when the waves are good. Beware of the reef, rocks and rips. 

 

 

 

Surfing at Fencelines

Fencelines is one of the more mellow options around the Gnaraloo area and is perfect for those not quite ready to take on the gnarlier outer reefs.

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Fencelines is located just out the front of 3Mile Camp and offers right and left peaks that break onto a sandy bottom. Works well at all tides with a south-west swell and south-easterly winds.This wave is not for beginners.

Surfing at Injidup Beach

Indjidup is home to three breaks - Car Parks, The Point and Pea Break, with all breaking best in a sou-east wind, although The Point can also be surfed in a sou-westerly.

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Pea Break would have to be the best out of the three, yet can be inconsistent. Car Parks on the other hand is quite consistent and can get crowded.

Surfing at Lancelin

Lancelin Back Beach is a popular beach break for surfers of all abilities and ages.

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Located just 90 minutes north of Perth, Lancelin is the perfect destination for a day trip, however be prepared to get up early with the best waves being in the morning when the winds are light. There are several waves on offer along this stretch of coastline with the most popular one being Back beach. The best waves roll in during mid-tide with eaterly winds and swells coming from the west-southwest. When the waves and weather are good, Back Beach can often get crowded but if you get sick of surfing the real waves, you can head up to the dunes and give sandboarding a go. 

Surfing at Lefthanders

Lefthanders is an exposed reef break home to Ulus, Noisies, Lefties and Umbies, all of which are suited to a variety of different skill levels.

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After a long but worthy walk from the carpark you will initailly reach Ulus, Noisies and Lefties, all relatively easy waves. Further along the coast is Umbies, a well known board breaker that is best to take a look at before paddling straight out. Collectively, each of these breaks offer hollow and heavy lefthanders with thick lips and fast rides, with each wave varying in difficulty. Leftanders is a fairly consistent wave, with the break performing at its best at mid-high tide, with offshore easterly winds and swells coming from the west-southwest. This collection of breaks is best suited to the intermediate to advanced surfer depending on the break and conditions. Beware of rocks and crowds, as it is often a popular location when the conditions are right. 

 

Surfing at Midgies

Midgies is a very unforgiving wave, offering a fast and hollow left hander, that breaks onto a sharp, jagged reef.

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Midgies is located out the back of Centres and Tombstones and similar to Centres, offers a heavy, hollow and square wave that can be one long, memorable ride. The break works best in southwest to west swells and southeasterly winds. For experienced surfers only. 

Surfing At North Point

This right hand reef break is known to produce some of the greatest, heavy duty swells along the South West coast.

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North Point is an exposed reef break with relatively consistent waves throughout the year, but truly comes to life during Winter. When North Point comes to life, it is capable of producing a long, winding right hand barrel that offers multiple pit sections and ramps and as the sets get bigger, the waves become progressively heavier and hollow. The break works best during mid to high tide, with offshore winds from the east northeast and swells from the southwest. North point, especially when it picks up, is best suited to experienced surfers, and for the first timers, its best to sit back and observe before paddling out. It is often a popular destination for pro surfers, especially during the Margret River Pro, making it an awesome location to just sit out on the point and spectate. 

 

 

 

Surfing at Red Bluff

Red Bluff offers a heavy left-hander with a steep takeoff followed by a pitching lip and deep barrel. Strictly for the experienced surfer.

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Every winter, Australias North West is known to produce some of the heaviest waves around the world. Red Bluff, located along the coast of Quobba Station, produces a deep barrel that races along the reef into a channel notorious for sharks. Its a hard paddle out and another hard paddle into the wave so be sure to talk to one of the locals to get the run down. Red Bluff works best in south-easterly winds and south-southwest swells during mid-tide. 

 

Surfing at Redgate

Redgate beach break is perfect for beginners and is often a popular site for surf schools. The break is also fully capable of producing a punchy A-frame, exciting and fun for the intermediate surfer.

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Redgate beach is a fairly consistent break that is perfect for beginners however, is very capable of producing some epic fast barrels and nice long rides. The break works best during mid tide with winds from the east and swells from the south southwest. When a decent swell rolls in, theres the option to position yourself out near the great big rock and ride the right handers. For those after a left, down the south end of the beach there's a few lefts on offer and the crowds are usually a lot smaller. Beware of rips, rocks and crowds, espically when the weathers nice. 

 

Surfing at Rivermouth

Margret River River Mouth is a fantastic beach break for surfing, body boarding and body surfing, all year round.

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The River Mouth is perfect for beginners and is a popular location for the local surf schools. The beach break works best in offshore easterly winds and south-southwest swells. The break favours rights and when the swell picks up, it can become relatively crowded.

 

 

 

 

Surfing At Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach break is a popular location for beginner surfers and surf schools, with waves remaining relatively small all year round.

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Scarborough works best during Winter on all tides with offshore winds from the east and swells from the west. There is a variety of left and rights on offer along this stretch of coast and when the decent sets roll in, the crowds pick up. Scarborough beach is also a very popular spot for surf schools, with several companies offering learn to surf programs throughout the summer months. 

 

 

 

Surfing at South Point and Huzzas

Located in the bay of Gracetown, South Point and Huzzas (Huzzawuiie) are both perfect for the inexperienced to intermediate surfer.

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Straight down the stairs from the South Point carpark is Huzzas which produces a long rolling wave with a left and right wall, perfect for beginners. South Point offers a slow rolling left hander, perfect for the intermediate surfer and those not quite ready to take on North Point. South Point is located further out from Huzzas and directly across the bay from North Point and is accessbile via the dirt track from the carpak that takes you out to the point. Each break works best on a south easterly wind and south westerly swells. 

 

Surfing at Stark Bay

A surf break featuring exposed reef and a reliably consistent western swell.

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A reef break that provides consistent surfing conditions through the colder months whilst maintaining calmer conditions during the summer. Stark Bay is rarely crowded and is located on the western side of the island near Bovell Way and Strickland Bay. 

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Surfing at Surfers Point

Surfers Point is an ideal place to watch some of the best Indian Ocean waves be ridden - or ride them yourself!

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Being home to the international Margaret River Drug Aware Pro, here is where you can watch the best surfers in the world compete and what a show they put on. With big tiered grassy areas to sit and watch and easy stairs to run down to get out amongst it, Surfers Point is the place to be. Did I mention the mind blowing sunsets? Incredible!


Surfers Point is very consistent and made up of two waves, Mainbreak and Southsides, which are both left and right handers. Both draw any swell and can be surfed in southerly through to northerly winds. They're not for the faint hearted though - Mainbreak often reaches 20 foot!

Surfing at The Box

The Box is an intense right-hander with a thick lip that loves to hurl a surfer on to the shelf. The break certainly makes it on to the list of Australia's most dangerous waves.

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The Box is located a couple of hundread meters out, just accross the bay from Surfers Point. Its an intense 'specialty wave', suited to the advanced surfer. The Box works well in south-west swells with easterly winds, at high tide. The wave can be tricky and once you get pushed out into the channel, you'll experience some of the most intense seconds you could ever imagine. For The Box you'll need a good strong board that's thicker and longer (varies depending on the size of the swells), as well as tick wetsuit for both warmth and protection. This break is strickly for the expierenced and advanced surfers and will often be used in conjuntion with Main Break, during the Margret River Pro. When you're out there, be sure to keep watch of whats comming including big sets and pointed fins. 

 

 

 

 

Surfing at The Fruit Bowl

A challenging but rewarding surfing break located between two beautiful bays just off the coast of Rottnest Island.

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The Fruit Bowl sits between Catherine Bay and City of York Bay, reachable via Bovell Way. It is also known as Ricey Beach West. Better suited for more experienced surfers, it makes for a more secluded surfing experience, with the break scarcely populated throughout the week and over the week-end. 

Surfing at Three Bears

You'll need 4WD to get to Three Bears along Sugar Loaf Road, but once there you'll have the choice of three breaks which will make it worth your while!

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Out the back you'll find Papa's which can handle some serious size. Next in is Mamas, which works best on the left and at mid-tide, offering a heavy drop and speedy walls. Baby's produces some nice spiralling lefts aswell as a few decent rights off the peak and should not be overlooked. Each of these breaks work well in a south west swell and east to north-east wind. No matter the size of the waves, beware of regular clean-up sets. 

 

Surfing at Tombstones

It’s known for some of the roundest, longest tubes in the world. It is a left hand, full on barrel from start to finish, depending on the tide and swell.

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Surfing At Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach is one of Perths most popular and consistent waves, offering a fun beach and point break with both left and right handers for a range of abilities.

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Trigg is a very popular location for all surfing abilities, offering a range a waves along the coast. Trigg beach works best at all tides with an eaterly wind and swells from the west south-west. In winter, the better swells roll in and the crowds can pick up immensly. Around summer the waves die off, making the beach break a popular location for summer surf schools. 

 

Surfing at Turtles

Turtles has on offer both left and right peeling reef breaks, with the left producing a hollow bowl and workable walls.

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Turtles is accessible via 4WD and is locted 25 minutes south of 3Mile Camp, near the dunes. The break works best with an easterly wind and during mid-high tides. Suited to the experienced surfer. 

Surfing at Wedge Island

Wedge offers a fun small beach break perfect for all abilities and ages.

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