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Learn to surf Manly


Learn to Surf Manly

Situated 30 minutes' drive north of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Manly Beach is an ideal place to learn to surf. If you're an absolute beginner, the gentle waves at the south end of Manly Beach provide the perfect conditions for learning. Manly village is also a great spot for a picnic lunch, beachfront promenades, shopping and eating out.

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Learn to Surf Manly

Surfing at Queenscliff Beach

In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney's most iconic strip of sand, named by the State's first governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 for the impression made on him by "the confidence and manly behaviour" of the area's Aborigines. 

There are some fabulous waves along this stretch of coastline comprised of four beaches. Freshwater Beach is the founding site of Australian surfing where the Hawaiian surf legend, Duke Kahanmoku, amazed crowds when he hit the waves in 1914. Queenscliff is probably second only to nearby Narrabeen in producing world-class surfers. Marking the northern end of Manly Beach, Queenscliff has an ocean rockpool and lagoon. Queenscliff "Bommie" is popular with experienced surfers who use large surf boards to tackle the swell.

North Steyne Surf Club marks the middle of the beach, best left to advanced surfers. South Steyne is the southern end of Manly Beach, famous as a breeding ground for champion surfers, notably Layne Beachley, Pam Burridge, Barton Lynch and Midget Farrelly.  Surfing is so embedded in the culture here that there are about 10 surf shops in Manly, making it a great place to shop for clothing and equipment. Other popular activities on offer include beach volleyball, kayaking and scuba diving.

You could stay for weeks while you work on your surfing, learn to dive, roller-blade the esplanade, sample some of the dozens of restaurants and cafes and catch some of Sydney's best musicians performing live at the area's pub venues.

Surf schools in Sydney

Surf's up. Sydney now has four beaches that are recognised as national surfing reserves - Manly and North Narrabeen, Cronulla and Maroubra. You too can take advantage of the great waves in Sydney and if you can't already glide along the water on a board, learn how to surf an accredited surf school at one of Sydney's favourite beaches. It's a quintessentially Sydney thing to do. 

Manly Surf School Hire has been teaching surfing lessons to all levels of experience since 1983. Neighbouring beach, Freshwater to the north is known as the birthplace of Australian surfing so what better place to learn. Manly Surf School operates every day of the year on Manly beach, Palm Beach and Collaroy beach to help you get the most out of the surf.

The dedicated, fully qualified Let's Go Surfing staff at world-famous Bondi Beach will also have you catching the waves of your dreams; whether it's your first time stepping foot in the ocean or you're a surf fiend looking to hone your big wave skills.

Surfing adventure tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to visit remote beaches in national parks. Based in Bronte, the innovative Surf's Up School offers weekend surf retreats, five-day Sydney to Byron Bay tours and one-day Sydney 4WD adventures. 

Some of the best displays of surf skills are seen by watching the surf lifesavers practice so watch the ocean in front a surf lifesaving club or on Sundays join the locals as their kids learn the basics of having fun in a safe beach environment at nippers or junior lifesaving.