New South Wales, Illawarra Coast
Home to over a dozen surf beaches and a passionate surfing community, Wollongong can offer great waves for surfers of all levels. With no true sheltered north or south facing corners of beaches, the surf spots in this region are very exposed to swell, so beginner surfers are best to stick to small wave days to practise.
The northern corner of Corrimal Beach is often the best spot to seek shelter from north winds and north swells and the southern corners of Bellambi and Thirroul Beaches (McCauleys Beach) can also be fun options during south winds when the waves are small. The smaller Sandon Point Beach and closer to town North Wollongong Beach can be good places to check, again, best suited to beginners on small surf days.
When the surf is tiny many of the other beaches can also be great for kids and beginners - watch out for rips, rocks and reefs that are present on all of Wollongong's beaches. Search and enjoy and always practise surfing etiquette.
Good Wind Direction
Wollongong's beaches are best on North West to South West winds.
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small to tiny North to East to South swells.
Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.
Car parks are located at all of Wollongong's beaches.
North Wollongong beach is patrolled daily. The following beaches are patrolled daily from October until the 25th of April: Stanwell Park, Coalcliff, Scarborough / Wombarra, Coledale, Austinmer, Thirroul, Sandon Point, Bulli, Woonona, Bellambi, Corrimal, Towradji, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong City, Port Kembla and Windang beaches - 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 within the surf clubs and reserves adjoining the beaches listed above.
Good cafes and restaurants, beach kiosks, and surf shops are located along the coast with the Wollongong CBD home to a range of shops and services.
Photos of Wollongong Beaches