Smiths Beach – Phillip Island

Smiths Beach

Victoria, Phillip Island

Smiths Beach is normally the best surf spot for kids and beginners surfers on popular Phillip Island. This small beach has soft waves that are ideal for practising in the whitewater or catching green waves when the surf is small. The relative close proximity to Melbourne sees some big crowds flock to this spot on hot summer days and long weekends, so be prepared to share the waves with your fellow surfer.

Wave Type
Offshore during north winds, and offering decent shelter from west swells & winds, Smiths Beach has easy spilling waves that break both left and right, although close outs are common. The sandbar is broad and attached to the beach but watch out for rips that do form at either end of the beach, especially during bigger swells. Adults will find surfing during mid to higher tides easier when waves roll to shore in waist to chest deep water, as it does get shallow here during low tide - however, avoiding surfing here on big wave days and active high tides.

When the crowds are big here, check out YCW Beach to the west for less crowds and it's also an option for better shelter from west winds and swell. If the surf is tiny here, check out the more exposed beaches to the east for bigger waves but stay away from the strong rip currents that are ever present.

During strong south winds and big swells, an option for smaller waves may be at Cat Bay, where although the waves are normally soft, they do break over reef and sand, so high tide is safer. Experienced surfers also head out there, so make sure you understand and practise surfing etiquette.

Good Wind Direction
Smiths Beach is best on North East to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Moderate West swells and small South West to South East swells.

- Rocks
- Rip Currents
- Marine Life

Have fun surfing Phillip Island by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

The car park is located behind the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled daily from the 26th of December to the 26th of January - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located behind the beach.

Closest Shops
There's a surf shop just north of the car park at Smiths Beach and a general store at Surf Beach to the east. Otherwise drive into Cowes on the northern side, or Woolamai to the east of the island for more cafes, restaurants, take away shops and surf shops.

Photos of Smiths Beach

Smiths Beach Phillip Island

Smiths Beach Phillip Island
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Smiths Beach PI safe sandbar

The wide, low gradient sandbars make Smiths Beach, along with YCW Beach to the west often the safest surf spots for beginners and kids on Phillip Island.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Smiths Beach PI tiny surf day

A day of half a foot of onshore surf, grey skies and a tad cold, but like most kids, these two find some bodyboard fun in the small Smiths Beach shore break.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Learn to surf Smiths Beach, Phillip Island

Learn to surf Smiths Beach, Phillip Island
Photo; Destination Phillip Island. Courtesy Tourism Victoria


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