Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach

New South Wales, South Coast

A short drive from Nowra, the south end of Culburra Beach offers shelter from south swells and winds and short easy rides with wave quality varying greatly depending on sandbar formation. The even more protected Currarong Beach, a short drive to the south of Culburra, offers some of the best shelter from big south swells and strong south winds on the South Coast.

Wave Type
Rights and lefts break along the beach with many rips and long shore troughs breaking up the sandbars. The safest spot is in the southern half of the beach where the sandbars normally attach to the beach. Watch out for rocks close to shore towards the southern corner of the beach. If the waves are flat at the south end of Culburra, head up to the more exposed middle part of the beach.

If the surf is too big here from a south swell, head to the southern end of Currarong Beach. If the waves are still too big there, inside Jervis Bay at the northern end of Collingwood Beach (just south of Huskisson) may have waves. During big north swells, options include either Seven Mile Beach to the north, or just south of Jervis Bay at the very remote Cave Beach for smaller waves.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East swells and Moderate South swells.

Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.

Have fun surfing Culburra Beach by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

There are several car parks along the beach, including at the southern corner.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Surf patrols are set up daily from mid December until the end of January at the southern end of the beach, along with the northern end of Warrain Beach near the surf club - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

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

Located at Ocean Street, along with right up in the corner of the beach in the car park, and at the surf club on Warrain Beach.

Closest Shops
Head into the township of Culburra Beach for cafes, restaurants take away shops a supermarket along with Busted Surf Co. More services can be found in Nowra.

Photos of Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Culburra south end

South corner during low tide, north wind day.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Culburra north end

Northern end with more uneven sandbars and often bigger waves.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Currarong kids paradise

South of Culburra is Currarong where kid surfing paradise awaits during light or south wind days.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Currarong safe sandbar

Flat, safe sandbar in the sheltered southern corner of Currarong.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Currarong Beach

Currarong offers miles of empty beach and some of the best shelter for beginners from strong south swells and winds on the south coast.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Moona Creek Jervis Bay

Inside Jervis Bay, Moona Creek at times has a fun wave that breaks close to the white sand beach for kids and beginners to surf.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe