A Heavenly Stroll in Manly
Manly locals call their home “God’s Country”...
It doesn't matter if it's your first time in the ocean or if you're a surfing enthusiast – you can enjoy an accredited surf school to help you improve your board skills, and you'll learn on some of the best surf beaches in the world!
No visit to Sydney is complete without some time spent riding the waves, and here, you can choose from around 70 great surf beaches.
Need a lesson? Beginners can find accredited surf schools at many area beaches, each school offering its own unique techniques for teaching you how to catch a wave.
For an iconic Sydney surfing experience with experienced teachers who know the waves, head to Bondi or Manly. Let's Go Surfing has helped numerous beginners get out on the waves. Manly Surf School Hire in the Northern Beaches has schools at Manly Beach, Palm Beach and Collaroy Beach. Beginners may want to consider Bronte, Long Reef or Palm Beach. You can also learn to surf at Maroubra.
If you already know the basics, a Surfari may be just what you're looking for. The most popular adventure is the five-day excursion, but different packages are available. The trips which include accommodation, transport and equipment hire operate every week of the year. Alternatively, for a one-day guided surf safari, head to Manly.
With Sydney's great reputation for surf, it's no surprise that the city hosts the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly every year in February. As well as watching the world's best surfers compete, the festival includes, skateboarding, BMX riding, live music and stalls.
There are a number of shops in Manly where you can hire everything you need: Manly Surf School provides surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits and stand-up paddleboards. You can also hire kayaks, bikes, inline skates and more.
Located near a great beginning surfer's beach in Gerroa on the NSW South Coast, Surf Camp Australia has provided overnight learn-to-surf camps since 1999. Camp packages include surfing instruction, surfing equipment, modern beachside accommodation and buffet-style meals and return transport from Sydney and Wollongong.
If you're looking for a great holiday activity for your children, Let's Go Surfing also offers weekend drop-in for kids aged seven and up who love to surf and partake in safe and supervised fun.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.