Spring has sprung. It’s getting warmer. There is still a bit of swell left before summer flatness sets in. A long weekend is coming up soonish. Best time to getting a few friends together and organising a surf weekend away. But where to go? Sydney surfers are super lucky. We are spoilt with choice. There are amazing surf spots up and down the coast for every level of surfing and every budget.
For my taste, it’s still a bit too cold to dust off the tents for a little camping trip. I just love that hot shower after a surf in still fairly chilly water too much. So I usually opt for a holiday rental up or down the coast.
Here are my top 3 get-away spots for Sydney surfers with lots of nice holiday houses on offer:
11/2 hours North of Sydney
It’s a beautiful place only a short drive North of Sydney on the Central Coast. The point in the South end can hold some serious swell for the more experienced surfers. The beach break is good fun for beginners. Avoca beach is pretty consistent but if that’s not working, you also have MacMasters which is another excellent point break close by as well as lots of other beautiful Central Coast beaches. Being so close to the city, Avoca is obviously not as remote as other surf beaches. There are restaurants and cafes around – almost a bit like the less crowded mini Bondi version.
4 hours North of Sydney
Another gorgeous surf spot you need to check out. You definitely need a long weekend though. It’s quite a drive from Sydney. Try to get a holiday house on the oceanfront. You wake up looking straight at sunrise + surf. Depending on where the winds coming from, the North or South corner is better but you’ll always have a protected corner unless you are dealing with winds from the East. If Boomerang’s not working, you’ve got heaps of other options to check out around there. You’ve got Black Head, Forster Beach and One Mile Beach only a short drive North and very popular Seal Rocks and Treachery Head to the South. Treachery is a true swell magnet and the place to go when it’s flat everywhere else. Unfortunately, everyone else knows that too and it can get crowded.
3 ½ hours South of Sydney
I love this little holiday town. It’s my favourite out of all. It’s nice and quiet and has just a really good vibe about. It’s got a variety of beaches facing different directions which means you are likely to get a wave in most conditions. South East of Manyana is also Green Island. It’s a looooooong left breaking over reef. It works best on big swells. In mid size swells it’s gets quite busy with mal riders on the fat long lefthanders and when it’s small it’s not lining up properly so you are better off surfing Bendalong or Manyana beach. Manyana is also a good place if you are travelling with a group of different level surfers. If Bendalong and Green Island are going off you’ll always find some smaller back beaches which are perfect for beginners too (and uncrowded because everyone’s surfing Green Island).
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Can’t be bothered organising at all? You don’t have enough people to rent a house? Maybe you’ve only just started surfing and you are still not quite sure which beaches are best for you? You don’t even have a board or a wetsuit and just want to try surfing for a weekend? Email me at email@example.com – we can help you organise your surf weekend.