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Learn to surf Cronulla


Learn to surf

About 40 minutes' drive south of the city centre, Cronulla is a relaxed beachside suburb that offers the perfect conditions for surfing. The Cronulla Surfing Academy and Cronulla Surf School have surfing lessons for everyone, beginners to experienced surfers.

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Learn to surf Cronulla

Sunrise in Cronulla

Owned and operated by famous Australian surfer Blake Johnston, the Cronulla Surfing Academy has gained a reputation for excellence in surf training. All the coaches are highly experienced, offering lessons that are tailored to suit each student's skill level. Not only will you learn how to perfect the basic techniques of surfing, you'll get an insight into the surfing lifestyle. And most importantly, you'll have fun!

All group lessons are broken down to make sure each participant receives personalised attention from their teacher. Additionally, all the gear you need will be supplied – including Ripcurl wetsuits and softboards.

Cronulla Surfing Academy also runs after-school and holiday programs for kids aged 5 – 17, all taught by highly experienced teachers. Ladies-only classes are also run throughout the year, giving women the opportunity to learn how to surf in a comfortable and supportive environment. Plus there are corporate surfing packages which are perfect for Christmas parties and team-building.

Adrenaline junkies should check out the Cronulla Roller Surfer Package, where you get to experience the uniquely exhilarating art of kite surfing. Kitesports


Cruise the Shire

The best way to explore Kamay Botany Bay National Park, site of Captain Cook's first landing in Australia, is on the water. Join Cruise the Shire  and enjoy a relaxing tour that takes in the breathtaking coastal views and ocean views  of the Cronulla area. You'll also head by bus to Symbio Wildlife Gardens at Helensburgh to see some of Australia's native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus.

Cronulla Pool
Cronulla Baths

This is the perfect spot for swimming some leisurely laps in a saltwater ocean pool. There are two ocean baths at Cronulla Beach, ideally located with Cronulla Park nearby if you need a shady patch for a picnic.

Royal National Park
Royal National Park

The second oldest national park in the world, the "Royal", is located just south of Cronulla and has many beautiful coastal walks, ocean beaches and headlands with panoramic ocean views.

Cronulla's esplanade

Cronulla Beach has all the essential ingredients of a leisurely, beach lifestyle. It's popular with families enjoying fish'n chips, friends surfing together and enjoying alfresco dining on The Esplanade.

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.