Looking For The Perfect Surf Spot In Australia?

Australia is one of the greatest countries on the planet, and from beautiful cities to dynamic landscapes, tourists flock from all over the world to experience the wonders of this spectacular nation. Also renowned as one of the world’s premier places to surf, Australia benefits from over 37,000 miles of stunning coastline and crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced surfer, there are countless swells for everyone, allowing you to surf in confidence. Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to surf in Australia.

Angourie to Byron Bay – North Coast
During the late 1960s, the surfing culture overtook Australia, and by the 1980s, the North Coast was undoubtedly the promised land for surfers all over the country. Anyone with an alternative lifestyle and a surf board flocked to the shoreline between Angourie and Byron Bay, with the surf spot previously untouched by the commercialisation of the major cities.

Even now the point break has remained flawless, and continues to be associated with surfing legend Nat Young. If you’ve ever heard of Lennox Head, then you’ve been formally introduced to Australia’s best wave, and from Tallow Beach to the Byron Bay Coast, the collective feeling that surrounds this stretch of shore is unrivalled throughout Australia.

Noosa is one of the most photogenic and stunning breaks in the world, and on a variety of occasions has produced over 200 meter rides. Even the most average swell brings out the local suffers in their hundreds, so don’t be overwhelmed if the shoreline looks a little busy. Noosa is a great spot to have a surf lesson or two, and with a sea of bars lookout out onto the beach, you’ll be able to take a break with a cocktail if you’re not up to the waves.

Seal Rocks and Pacific Palms
Known all over Australia for generating epic waves, the Treachery Beach and Lighthouse Beach at Seal Rocks are a surfer’s paradise. Only 20km from the famous Pacific Palms, these beaches have been blessed with their own dynamic and energetic waves.

Humbled by a few cheeky weekly visits from dolphins, surfers can enjoy great swell and huge waves on a spectacular sunset backdrop. Furthermore, there’s not a club, bar or casino is sight, which makes the Seal Rocks and Pacific Palms one of the most secluded beaches in all of Australia.

Northern Beaches
Running 20km from Manly Beach to Palm Beach, offering a selection of surf unmatched by any other city, Sydney’s northern peninsula is one of the most special environments on earth. From punchy barrels to playful beach breaks, Manly itself is a joy for big wave riders.

Moving onto Freshwater Beach, this is a great place if you’re a beginner surfer, with instructors lining the shore and small to light-medium waves. This is also the place where surfboard-riding was first introduced to Australia by Duke

Kahanamoku in 1915!
Continuing 6km down the coast, Dee Why Beach is Sydney’s blue-ribbon hotspot. Known locally as the ‘butter-box’, waves are strong and its notoriously difficult to stay on your board. You should only consider Dee Why Beach if you’re a skilled surfer however, so make your way onto Mona Vale Beach if you’re looking for something a little less testing.

Visit Sacramento today

As the oldest incorporated city in the state of California, Sacramento has much to offer in the way of history. But Sacramento is not only a city for history buffs; it is also a thriving modern city which has something to offer everyone, regardless of interests. In fact, TIME magazine has described Sacramento as “the most diverse city in the USA.”

How to get around

Although it is possible to explore the central part of town on foot or by bicycle, visiting most sights will require a set of motorized wheels. Those without their own transport have a myriad of options available in terms of cheap rental cars.

Things to see

The old historical center of the city is the best place to get a taste of the Old Wild West. Here, visitors will find Bonanza-style buildings, spacious wooden sidewalks and a decidedly 19th century ambiance. One can explore this part of town via a short riverboat ride or by hopping onto one of the many horse-drawn carriages.

The old town is usually a beehive of activity, with numerous museums and shops overflowing with visitors. The many antique trains are also popular with tourists. Weekends usually bring live entertainment in the form of folk, blues or Cajun music in one of the rustic restaurants and saloons in the area.

The State Indian Museum is a must-see for those who are interested in the indigenous cultures of the United States and specifically California. It has excellent displays of beadwork, basketry and clothing made by the Californian Indian tribes.

Sutter’s Fort is the oldest restored fort in the whole of the US. It was constructed in 1840 by John Sutter and now houses an interesting display of early Californian and pioneer artifacts.

To get away from the hustle and bustle of central Sacramento, a visit to Fairytale Town and the adjacent Sacramento Zoo is an excellent option. The zoo is shady and peaceful and houses a wide collection of animals, of which the birds and reptiles are particularly fascinating. Fairytale Town is a great place for families. Here, fairytales come to life – the attractions feature pirate ships, kings and knights galore.

What to do

Although William Land Park Golf course only features a 9-hole layout, its length of 5,208 yards as well as its difficulty level will ensure that it is a challenge even to highly experienced players. In fact, one of the holes is a par-five – about as challenging as anyone could wish for.

The American River Bike Trail is the perfect way to get and stay fit while enjoying the great outdoors. It stretches for a glorious 33 miles along the banks of the Sacramento River, surrounded by lush parkland. The trail is not only suitable for bikers – joggers and picnickers are also welcome.

Raging Waters is another great venue which will keep the whole family occupied for hours, if not days, with its vast range of activities. There are more than 25 water attractions, pools and slides for both children and adults.

The bottom line

Its relatively small population gives Sacramento a laid-back ambiance not found in many large Californian cities. At the same time, the wide array of sights and activities makes this beautiful city the ideal place for a family holiday.