New South Wales, South Coast
Pambula Beach is an awesome spot for beginner surfers that offers good shelter from south winds and south swells in a stunning natural environment. From here, the long, crescent shaped beach sweeps all the way around to Merimbula in the north and between the two sheltered corners of Pambula and Merimbula with their almost opposing orientations, beginners will find a wave suitable for learning on most days.
On common small wave days, gentle rights and lefts break up and down the beach, epic for catching green waves and turning, and also for learning to surf in the whitewater. If the surf is small at the south end of the beach, head further up the beach for more wave size. Watch out for rips and avoid the river entrance where the currents can be dangerously strong.
During north wind and north swell conditions, check out the south facing Main Beach of Merimbula for smoother and smaller surf conditions. On rare days that the surf is too big at Pambula and Merimbula, the only option are the beaches within Twofold Bay. Aslings Beach in Eden is popular for surfing, with more sheltered beaches located around Boydtown, but waves normally dump on the beach due to the lack of shallow sandbars.
Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East swells, and moderate to big South swells.
Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.
Have fun surfing Pambula Beach by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.
The car park is located beside the surf club at the south end of the beach and there is a car park at Little Beach located just north of the river entrance.
Patrolled daily from the 26th of December until the 26th of January, and on weekends from early October until late April - 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 at the surf club beside the car park.
There's a kiosk beside the surf club and a café 200 metres back from the beach, otherwise head into Pambula on the highway, home of Core Boarding Surf Shop, or head to the bigger Merimbula for more shops and food options.