The Surf Experience
Day 1: Begin your trip along the North Coast at Kingscliff Beach with world-class surf breaks. (Recommended stay: 1 day)
Day 2 and 3: Drive south along the coast to Angourie and visit Spooky Beach, a national surfing reserve. (Recommended stay: 1 to 2 days)
Day 4: Drive further south to the outskirts of Coffs Harbour to Diggers Beach opposite the Big Banana. (Recommended stay: 1 day)
Day 5 and 6: Drive or fly from Coffs Harbour to Sydney and get the ferry over to Shark Island. (Recommended stay: 2 days)
Day 7: Just outside of Sydney you'll find the Killalea State Park, which is home to famous beach 'The Farm'. (Recommended stay: 1 day)
Day 8 and 9: Fly over to secluded Lord Howe Island, where you'll find Blinky Beach and Ned's Beach. (Recommended stay: 2 days)
New South Wales surf odyssey
With just over 1,500km of coastline, New South Wales is a beacon of great surf spots, including the world-famous Bondi Beach, plus Manly Beach, which hosted the first world surfing championship in 1964. If you want to catch the best swells, make sure you hit our favourite off-the-beaten path surf spots during the New South Wales summer and autumn months, when the waves are at their best.
Your journey begins just south of Gold Coast Airport, in the seaside town of Kingscliff. Wax your board and head down to the pristine Kingscliff Beach. Hint: the best spot is in front of the local bowling club.
Your southward journey continues down to Angourie Beach, a national surfing reserve with one of the best surf breaks along Australia's coastline. Visited by world-famous professionals, Spooky Beach is ideal for the more experienced surfers. However, with a little help from one of the many local surf schools along the beach, you too can conquer the waves at Spooky Beach.
As you head even further south along the New South Wales coastline, stop just outside Coffs Harbour and you'll find Diggers Beach. Turn off just opposite the Big Banana onto Diggers Beach Road and head straight down to the beach. Diggers Beach is a popular beach and surf spot for all levels.
Next stop, Sydney. Hop on the ferry at Circular Quay (it runs four trips a day) and head over to Shark Island.
If you're still hungry for big waves and adrenaline, drive down to Killalea State Park. Declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2009, this area is in an unspoilt natural setting. Killalea Beach, better known as 'The Farm', is one of the most popular surf spots in the region. Take a moment to enjoy the breath-taking views while you're paddling out for your next wave.
On the final day of your surfing odyssey, board a flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island, which sits just off the coast of mainland New South Wales. With its crystal clear waters and untouched beaches, the island is a beacon for wildlife, some of it unique and endemic only to Lord Howe. Located on the east side of the island, Blinky Beach allows you to ride some of Australia's least crowded waves - rad.
Take advantage of our extensive Australian domestic network to see more of New South Wales and Australia. We fly to over 60 destinations across the country, including 12 in New South Wales. Plus, if you book your domestic flights at the same time as your Qantas international flights, you could save on the cost with the Qantas Walkabout Pass.
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