Just under 100 years ago stand up surfing was witnessed by Sydneysiders for the first time. Since that moment this cities' love affair with riding waves has steadily grown.
Today, although big crowds are a reality at Sydney's most popular beaches, fun waves can still be found, just remember to respect your fellow surfer.
Back on land, visitors from all over the world continue to be attracted by Sydney's unique balance of big city groove and entertainment, mixed with its incredible natural beauty and the laidback demeanor of its inhabitants. Many who visit here stay for good.
Manly, Long Reef & Palm Beaches & Day Tours
Wanda Beach, Cronulla
North Cronulla Beach
Sydney Surfing Day Tour
Sydney Surfing Day Tour
Sydney Surfing Day Tour
12 hours drive south from Brisbane, 10 hours north from Melbourne & 3.5 hours north from Canberra.
CountryLink (13 22 32) connects to Sydney & CityRail offers services within the suburbs & to Newcastle in the north & Wollongong in the south.
Greyhound (13 14 99) & the major national operators link from all directions daily.
20 minute drive from the Domestic & International Airports to the Sydney CBD.
Northside Shuttle, Manly Express, Eastern Suburbs Shuttle, Shire Shuttle Bus. Trains, buses & hotels shuttles also pick up from the Airports.
Renting a car or van is a great way to see & surf Australia. Hire a car or campervan.
Where To Sleep
Cockatoo Island, Big4 Sydney Lakeside Narrabeen, Bonnie Vale (Bundeena) & The Basin in Ku-ring-gai National Park.
Hostels in Sydney
The Rocks, Sydney
Hotels & Holiday Homes in Sydney
Martin Place, Sydney
Between Surf Sessions
What to see & do
Almost any activity you could possibly think of is available in Sydney & information on this topic is readily available on other websites. Here however is a list of surf related things to see & do whilst in the big smoke.
The Australian Open of Surfing held annually on Manly Beach in February (8 - 16th Feb, 2014) showcases the talents of the worlds best surfers and skaters, along with live concerts, surf art and fashion.
Take a surfing day tour to one of Sydney's beautiful beaches & enjoy surfing with & meeting new people.
Spend the day at the iconic Bondi, Cronulla or Manly beaches. Kick back on the sand or under a tree & watch the world go by. The waves are often good for practicing surfing too.
Where to eat & drink
With over 6 million people to feed & entertain, you're sure to find a supermarket, restaurant, cafe, pub, club or nightclub to suit your desires. Popular beachside spots for a meal and partying include Manly, Bondi, Coogee & Cronulla, with most beaches in between offering great places to eat with fewer late night revellers.
Sydney Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids
The best spots for learning to surf in Sydney are normally South Palm Beach, Freshwater (north end), Manly (south end), Bondi (north end) and Greenhills at the northern end of Cronulla. For more info on these spots, click on the landmarks on the map below.
Good To Know...
Sydney is a surf city with a proud surfing community and an iconic surfing industry and has long been a popular starting point for travellers wishing to explore Australia's amazing coastline. Here you will find 5 year old kids all the way up to 75 year old big kids, some with zero surfing experience, others with over 50 years of experience, jostling for waves in the line ups. On a sunny Saturday morning, it is not uncommon to see over 200 people in the surf catching or waiting for waves. These crowds do at times cause friction in the water, so please make sure you display sound surfing etiquette.
If you are a beginner or progressing surfer, check out Sydney's best learn to surf spots on the map above and our Sydney surf report to find the spots where the surf conditions and the vibe in the water are more appropriate for practising your skills, allowing you to improve more quickly and have way more surfing fun.
On really small surf days, many of the more swell exposed east and south facing beaches can also be great for learning. Check them out if the spots listed above are flat, but assess the conditions before entering the water to make sure the surf is not beyond your level, and please respect the other surfers.
When planning to take a surf lesson in Sydney, book in advance as classes can be full at times during the warmer months.
Surf shops are located at all of the popular beaches & shopping malls around Sydney. Due
to the massive competition that exists, most offer good deals & many niche surf & lifestyle
shops can now be found.
Walk around & check them out to find the best deals. Hot spots for many surf shops within
walking distance of each other include Bondi, Cronulla & Manly.
Sydney Surfboard Repair, Bondi Surfboard
Repair, Brookvale Surfboard Repairs.
Bondi Girls, Bondi Longboard, Cronulla Christian Surfers, Cronulla Girls, Cronulla
Point, Cronulla Sharks, Cuba Junior, Elourea, Freshwater, Dee Why, Long Reef, Maroubra, Mova Vale, Newport, North Avalon, North Cronulla, North Curl Curl Longboarders, North Narrabeen, Palm Beach Longboarders, Queenscliff, North Steyne, Reef Riders Malibu, Southside Malibu, Warriewood, Manly Malibu & Sydney Social Surfers Group.