Surfers have been hitting the waves in Sydney for more than 100 years. With over 70 beaches spread along the coastline, there’s the perfect break for everyone from absolute beginners to adventurous experts.
Join two of Sydney’s best pro surfers as they take you on a tour of their favourite breaks, in partnership with Surfing Australia.
National Surfing Reserves
Five Sydney beaches feature on the National Surfing Reserve Register, a list of iconic surfing spots in Australia chosen for their excellent waves and importance to the surfing community. They are:
Beaches in the east & south
One of Australia's most famous surf beaches is Bondi Beach, less than an hour on a bus from Sydney's city centre. You'll find serious surfers at the southern end of the beach, while boogie boards and bodysurfers occupy the northern end. Visitors to the area can all enjoy the myriad bars and cafes by the waterfront.
Further south is Maroubra, a kilometre-long curve of sand that attracts surfers, swimmers and families. The Cronulla area comprises four beaches; Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla, and has a lively surf scene with local board-riding communities and lifesaving clubs.
Before heading to the beach, check Beachsafe for the latest updates.
WSL surf pros explore Sydney
Tatiana Weston-Webb and Kanoa Igarashi check out their favourite spots in Sydney, on and off the water.
ENJOY SYDNEY'S BEACHES BY FOLLOWING THESE SAFETY TIPS
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.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.
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