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Surfs Up! Sydney’s Best Surf Beaches

Escape the crowds and make a beeline for one of these spots where you’re guaranteed a pumping session in the surf. As a beginner, it is essential to locate the beaches which deliver a small wave that breaks over sand while the seasoned surfers among us will lean toward a more robust break.

Look beyond Manly and Bondi and discover a new spot.

Coogee Beach

Busy year-round, Coogee is renowned for its protected waters as well as its attractive swell. Without the mania of beaches to the north, you’ll discover a well-developed culture that centralises around the suburb’s hub Coogee Bay Road – cafés, bars, restaurants and pubs buzzing with life and bikini-clad folk in all seasons.

Cronulla Beach

Ideal for those looking to avoid the crowds, Cronulla technically comprises of four beaches – Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla. Cronulla’s Shark Island is known to deliver well-formed barrels without the same territorial intensity that city beaches face, and you’ll find a wide range of cafes, restaurants and takeaway spots along Cronulla Street.

Freshwater Beach

The birthplace of surfing in Australia (thanks to Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku), Freshwater’s esteemed history of the ocean crafts is not without reason. The Northern Beaches hideaway is a stunning spot that is protected by headlands and boasts a host of cafés and restaurants a short walk away to keep your visit lively.

Maroubra Beach

The kilometre long, east-southeast facing beach has a reef at the Southern end which creates the stellar wave Maroubra has become renowned for, though on a good day you’ll have decent swell for the length of the beach. When needing to refuel, there is also a host of eateries along McKeon Street and Arthur Byrne Reserve.

Collaroy Beach

Another spot offering a protected area at its southern end, Collaroy is well regarded thanks to the iconic Long Reef Point jutting out and acting as a shield for avid surfers. Bring a snorkel along as the headland is a spectacular spot with plenty of sea-life to keep you entertained, and the Collaroy Hotel sits atop the sand to bring you all the cocktails and sustenance you need.

Palm Beach

The southern end of Palm Beach is a North East facing oasis which is consistently protected by the headland separating it and Whale Beach to the South. The protected southern end also boasts an ocean pool. The Boathouse or Barrenjoey House on the Pittwater side of the peninsula offer the perfect place to refuel and recover.

Mackenzie’s (Macca’s) Beach

Yes, we know. While it technically falls within the Tamarama realm (terrifyingly close to Bondi and its crowds), ‘Macca’s’ is a must for the more experienced surfer, with plenty of gusto behind the swell and a few less tourists, ‘Maccca’s’ corner is one to dive into when you’re ready for a challenge. Recover with a beverage at Ravesi’s or a comforting pasta + view at Iceberg’s Dining Room.