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Since 1914. when Duke Kahanamoku arrived in Australia to show off his swimming and surfing skills at Freshwater Beach, the popularity of surfing in Australia has intensively grown all around the world and across its 25,260km of coastline. Since its 1964 World Championships Sydney created lots of talented surfers. This big city is proud of its own beach culture and it dominates the Australian surfing scene in so many ways. Here is your next surfing destination in Australia!
The Sydney coast is divided into 3 large regions located in its large estuaries. Cronulla on the southern suburb is separated from the city beaches by Botany Bay . Here you can find constant beachbreaks in a long stretch of sand and also quality right-hand waves, Cronulla point and some cold reefs (including the tubes of the famous Shark Island) . Sydney’s beaches from Bondi to Marouba are protected by Sydney Harbor and they haven’t so many kinds of waves and here surfers compete for sandy bottom breaks. The Northern Beaches offer great waves especially with the rare Eastern and Northeastern groundswells. These kind of spots are protected from the wind (except from Southeast wind) and they satisfy all surfers. North of Sydney Harbor, there is Manly which is divided into 4 different beaches. Manly is the south corner, well protected from the big waves of the south and always full of tourists and swimmers. South Steyne creates classic lefts with Northeastern swells, while North Steyne has great beachbreaks even with southern wind and waves. In the southern promontory of Manly there are Winki Pop and Fairy Bower , with large swells that create constant quality rights. There are no more pollution problems, except the crowds, since the pipeline was extended into the sea. Freshwater (or Harbor Beach ) is a small protected bay where you can find great rights but also super protective locals and crowds. Curl Curl is an exposed beach, which gathers most of swells in the Northern Beaches and works quite well in all conditions, that are rarely perfect.
Dee Why Point is a fast right that has been attracting numerous surfers for several years, breaking with southern winter swells combined with southern wind. It is a very technical wave suitable for hardcore surfers. Long Reef headland hides some reefbreaks before the Collaroy refuge which allows beginners a good training area. South Narrabeen usually has very fast waves and It’s uncrowded. The closeouts become perfect lefts and rights in the North Narrabeen spot, thanks to a lagoon that flows into the sea they constantly shape the sand. The line-up here is very crowded and competitive with some famous surfers from the local areas. Warriewood is protected from southern winds while Mona Vale is less crowded during northeastern swells. Burgan is a small beach that you can reach by a long walk to the cliff: this spot has lots of waves on smaller swell days. Newport Beach has several spots: Newport Reef and Newport Park , where Tom Carroll trains. Avalon is well exposed to both southern and northeastern swells, and it is also a perfect place for talented surfers. Little Avalon is the best spot for regular surfers (watch the cliff end !!). The end of the peninsula is a luxurious residential area with a few spots worth to check out, such as The Wedge at Whale Beach and the beachbreaks at the end of Palm Beach.
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|Departure||Q Station||Quality Hotel Sands||Time And Tide Hotel Motel||Barrenjoey House|
|From 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020||€ 494||€ 630||€ 389||€ 536|
Sydney is fairly constant but rarely epic. The groundswells from the South and Southeast are the safest swells and hit this coast from April to September. Many of the beaches in the North prefer swell from the Northeast. In summer, most swells are Northeastern windswells. The prevailing winds are better in Winter, they blow from the Southwest; during the rest of the year there are offshore mornings (from Northwest) while from lunchtime onwards, the sea breeze rises from the Northeast. Most beachbreaks and reefs work better with the rising tide, even if the tide changes slightly.
How to get there : All nations require a valid visa except New Zealand. Most visitors arrive at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. Departure fees are $ 20.
Getting around : Renting a car makes life easier ($ 30 / day), because buses are very slow. Take advantage of the ferry from Sydney (Circular Quay) to Maily. You drive on the left.
Accommodation and Food : You will find many hostels and backpackers for around $ 12 per night. Recommended: Manly Paradise Motel ($ 50 per double), Narrabeen Sands Hotel ($ 40 per double), Avalon B&B ($ 45 per double). Food is cheap especially from takeaways and coffee shops. Meals from around $ 6.
Climate : Sydney has a tropical climate. The best periods to visit it are during the spring season (from March to April) and during the autumn season (from October to November), when temperatures are around 24 degrees. In winter it isn’t too cold, in fact the afternoon temperatures never drop below 20 ° C. Summer isn’t a good season to visit Sydney because it’s very hot, humid and the waves are less constant. To surf you will need a 3/2 mm wetsuit all year round.
Nature and culture : Sydney is a cosmopolitan city with a lot of nightlife. The Northern Beaches have large areas with parks and natural wilderness. Ocean World in Manly is worth visiting; while you are swimming you will see its marine creatures and you can also swim with them.
Dangers and annoyances: The presence of sharks is minimal as the beaches are all surrounded by nets. The locals are very competitive but not aggressive. Surf clubs organize a lot of competition on the weekend. All the beaches in the North suffer from pollution depending on the wind direction. During the summer the northeastern winds bring many jellyfish, even the stinging Bluebottles.
Tips : There are many shops to buy cheap equipment. Boards from $ 230.
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