Any surfer will tell you there is no single thing that makes this sport so exhilarating and addictive. Combining athletic prowess, adrenaline and skill with a chance to bask in the warm sun and fresh air, surfing is about more than just catching a few waves.
Australia, with its miles of golden beaches, hot climate and natural reefs is one of the most celebrated places to grab a board and hit the waves. If you’re considering a surfing holiday, the land down under certainly merits consideration.
Flying is the most practical way of reaching the country, with the beautiful landscape more than worth the lengthy flight time of over 20 hours.
As Australia is largely barren some towns and cities are spaced hundreds of miles apart. Upon arriving in Australia car hire is something you will certainly want to look into. Internal flights are available, but these don’t provide the same freedom as private car hire and are not particularly practical for those planning on carrying their surfboard with them.
Renting a car in Australia should be as straightforward as hiring a car in the U.K. Just be sure that when packing your sun cream and surf wax you remember to take your relevant paperwork with you as well.
Surfing is very much part of Australian culture and any trip to one of the larger, more populated, beaches will provide evidence of this. Different beaches cater for different levels of ability so it is worth investigating this before you travel.
Despite its reputation, Bondi Beach is a good place to start as there are plenty of surfing instructors on hand to help you learn the ropes. Another good beach for novices is Noosa’s Main Beach in Queensland. This is home to more moderate waves but is still suitable for rookies.
Seasoned veterans searching for serious swell will find North Narrabeen in Sydney a great option. With some of the most powerful waves on the peninsula it has few rivals – except for Kirra Beach in Queensland where you’re likely to find some of the most accomplished surfers.
Prevelly Park in Western Australia is where hardcore Hawaiian surfers meet for some the most challenging (and dangerous) surfing Australia has to offer – getting that blood and adrenalin really pumping.
Locals of any Australian surf beach will tell you the best spots to hit. Dangers often lurk beneath the water, hidden from view, so gaining some local insight could prove invaluable when it comes to staying safe.
Familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations at your chosen beach and, if new to the sport, avoid isolating yourself from other surfers. Make sure you wear clothing which is clearly visible and attach your surfboard to your ankle securely.
Of course, safety is not only important once you’re in the water and you need to be vigilant when traveling to your chosen beach too.
Unless you want to spend your entire holiday camped in one place, driving in Australia is the only option, but you must make sure the vehicle you select can support your surfboard. Always attach it securely, so as not to be a hazard to yourself or other road users, and ensure you have the necessary paperwork needed to drive in Australia.
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