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7 Beaches For Surfing In Australia During COVID-19

7 Beaches Surfing Australia During COVID-19

Surfing season in Australia is an all-year event. The weather is conducive to surfing all year long and we have thousands and thousands of kilometres of white sand beaches and coastline that are perfect for surfing. As such, long-distance swells come from all directions which is why Australia is renowned as the surfing Mecca of the world. 

When COVID-19 hit the world and took us all by surprise, our communities were locked down, movements were restricted, and surfing spots were closed. But with Australia slowly recovering from the global pandemic, leisure spots and surfing areas are slowly opening again with safety precautions in place to adjust to the new normal. 

The following beaches are now open for surfing despite the threat of COVID-19. For all the surfies out there, it’s time to dust off your surfboard and read on to learn more!

1. The Pass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Pass at Byron Bay just released a 5-day surf forecast. What are you waiting for? Surfs up! Whether you are a newbie or a pro, no matter where you are in Australia, we are sure you have heard of the Pass in Byron Bay. 

The Pass is a great spot for point-break amateurs and is perfect for pros who are looking for fast and hollow drops. Swells hit the area all year round so there is something for everyone. Even if you are not a surf enthusiast, there are plenty of fun things to do in the area. 

Average Temperature: 26 ℃

Type of Break: Right-Hand Point Break with around 400 metres possible ride

Ideal Wind Direction: SouthEast

Swell Window: NorthEast to East

Best Time to Surf: April to September but can surf all year long

Skill Level Required: Beginner to Pro

7 Beaches Surfing Australia During COVID-19

2. Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, QLD

Snapper Rocks is located on the Northern part of Point Danger in the Gold Cost. It is famous for having the longest points in the world called Superbank. The Superbank is considered one of the most consistent breaks in Australia. It hosts a number of surfing competitions each year including the ‘World Surf Leagues’ Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pros.

If you are an experienced surfer, join the pros at Snapper Rocks. Beginner surfers will have to sit this one out until you earn enough experience and skills.

Average Temperature:  24 ℃ – 26 ℃

Type of Break: Right-Hand Point Break

Ideal Wind Direction: SouthWest

Swell Window: NorthEast to South

Best Time to Surf: Consistent swell from February to July. Peak Swell in March/April

Skill Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced Surfers only

3. Lennox Point – Lennox Head, NSW

Just a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Lennox Head is the first surf reserve in Australia. It offers long, carvable sections, and hollow barrels. Every surfer’s dream!

Average Temperature:  26 ℃

Type of Break: Rocky Right-Hand Point Break

Ideal Wind Direction:  East

Swell Window:  West and NorthWest

Best Time to Surf:  Consistent swell is from February until July but can surf all year long

Skill Level Required:  Intermediate to Advanced only

7 Beaches Surfing Australia During COVID-19

4. Angourie Point, Yamba, NSW

Angourie Point is one of the most picturesque surf spots in Australia, maybe even the world. It offers hollow, fast, and powerful waves most surfers chase. It is also one of Australia’s surfing reserves.

Average Temperature:  26 ℃

Type of Break: Right-Hand Point Break

Ideal Wind Direction: Southwest

Swell Window: North to South, one of the biggest swell windows

Best Time to Surf: Consistent swell is from February to July. Peak swell in March and April

Skill Level Required: Intermediate to advanced for smaller swells, intermediate for bigger swells

5. Noosa, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Noosa is considered a beginner’s paradise and longboard heaven. It is a great spot for a relaxed and laid back surfing lifestyle. If you are looking for a spot to just have fun and unwind, Noosa is the perfect spot!

Average Temperature:  24 ℃

Type of Break: Right-Hand Point Break

Ideal Wind Direction:  Southeast

Swell Window: Relatively large, Northeast to Southeast

Best Time to Surf:  Consistent swell is from February to July peaking in March and April but can surf all year round.

Skill Level Required:  Intermediate to Advanced only

7 Beaches Surfing Australia During COVID-19

6. Main Break, Margaret River, WA

Popular for its thriving surfing scene, whales, wineries, and beautiful scenery. Maine Break offers world-class waves and is considered big wave territory. There are a few spots for beginners but this place is mostly for the pros.

Average Temperature:  17 ℃ – 31 ℃

Type of Break: Uneven Offshore Reef with Right-Hand Point Breaks and Left-hand Point Breaks

Ideal Wind Direction: East

Swell Window: South to Northwest 

Best Time to Surf:  Consistent swells all year round but peaks from June to September 

Skill Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced

7. Bells Beach, Torquay, VIC

Bells Beach is home to the prestigious annual surfing competition – RipCurl Pro Bells Beach. It is one of the most consistent right-hand point breaks. Bells Beach offers up to 18-feet waves with plenty of cover-ups and carvable walls. Bells Beach is one of the most famous surfing spots in Australia.

Average Temperature: 12 ℃ to 20 ℃

Type of Break:  Right-Hand Point Break at a Rock Ledge

Ideal Wind Direction: Northwest

Swell Window:  Southeast to Southwest (large swell window)

Best Time to Surf: Consistent swell all year but best from April to October

Skill Level Required:  Advanced only

7 Beaches Surfing Australia During COVID-19

Final Thoughts

Surfing, by nature, is something that can be enjoyed despite any social distancing restrictions. Surfing is all about man versus nature so it’s not uncommon to see surfers tackling the waves all on their own. However, as we ease into the new normal, remember to avoid crowded areas and keep your distance and above all, stay safe!

For all your surfing needs, visit us at Beachin Surf and check out our wide variety of surfing essentials. We have clothing, footwear, accessories, wetsuits, surfboards, and surf hardware. We are more than happy to help you with your surfing journey.

Please feel free to visit us at 262 Maine Road, Toukley, NSW. You can also call ahead to make sure we get to assist you properly.

Please call us today on (02) 4396 5159 or feel free to send us an inquiry.

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