Australia’s so adequately named Sunshine Coast
is a surfers delight. Surf quiet uncrowded waves along the
entire coastline, an inviting prospect to even the most travelled
surfer. A full range of Point, Headland, Reef and Beach breaks
are almost evenly spread along its entire coastline. The locals
are welcoming, willing to share their local breaks with visitors,
observe the rules of surfing and be compromising in the line
up to enjoy hassle free surfing. Surf the breaks best suited
to your level of surfing and be mindful of the vehicle (board)
you are riding, endeavouring not to endanger yourself or others.
Below is a list of breaks best suited to your
experience level, always check the conditions on arrival with
a lifeguard or local before entering the water. Sit and watch
the waves for at least 30 minutes before entering the line
up, watch for how surfers enter and exit the water, where
the take off zone is, time between set waves, crowd and vibe,
the tide and direction, rips and currents, locate any hazards
or structures and be mindful of the type of wave. This will
give you the best opportunity for a safe and enjoyable surf.
There are four types of surf craft listed below, if your craft
is not listed, choose the craft that would ride the waves
in a similar fashion to your surf craft.
Surfing (short board). Beginner to intermediate surfers can surf the
beach breaks along the entire coast during the summer and
winter. Spots worth a look are Sunshine,
during small swells. On a strong southeast swell try the points
of Noosa, Cartwright,
Alexandra and Moffats.
During summer a tropical cyclone can sit of the coast and
creating large swells. Only experienced surfers should attempt
the points of Noosa, Cartwright, Alexandra and Moffats. Intermediate
surfers should try Mooloolaba
Spit or Kings beach
during these periods, but be careful of the shore dump. During
small swells the experienced surfer with a sense for some
adventure could try Alexandria
Bay, Old Woman Island,
Dicky Reef and Yaroomba
for some challenging waves.
Surfing (long board). The beach breaks can offer short steep rides,
a challenge for the intermediate to experienced long board
rider, for quality long board waves its best to head to the
point breaks. Noosa
National Park, the Bluff at Alexandra
headland and Moffat
headland are predominantly Malibu waves, with long smooth
right hand rides all year round only needing the slightest
of swells to be rideable. Be wary of the swell size, as a
wave can often look inviting from the headland but twice as
big on closer inspection. The points can handle very large
swells, any waves over 2 meters should only be ridden by the
experienced long board rider.
Body-surfing. Inexperienced body-surfers should surf the patrolled
beaches of Mooloolaba,
Noosa and Kings
for soft smooth breakers. Mooloolaba
spit is a very safe patrolled swimming beach with very
little breakers most of the year. Intermediate to experienced
Body-surfers will enjoy the patrolled beaches along the coast
Coolum and Sunshine
beach offering a challenging ride. During Tropical Cyclones
the experienced Body-surfer could try Mooloolaba, however
you should be wary of the vicious shore dump.
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