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The 12 Best Surf Beaches in Sydney

Keen to go for a surf? Don’t waste your weekend driving around aimlessly looking for waves. Check out our list below of The 12 Best Surf Beaches in Sydney so you can find the perfect wave.

The beaches are sorted in order of driving distance from Sydney city centre (starting from the closest).

Disclaimer: Out of respect for locals, there are no secret spots in this list.

Surf Beaches in Sydney


Bronte Beach

1. Bronte Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 21 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate 

Best Wind: W to SW

 

Tamarama

2. Tamarama

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 21 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate 

Best Wind: W to SW

 

Maroubra Beach

3. Maroubra Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 23 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate 

Best Wind: W

 

Bondi Beach

4. Bondi Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 23 mins

Wave Difficulty: Beginner

Best Wind: NW

 

Queenscliff Bombie

5. Queenscliff Bombie

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 36 mins

Wave Difficulty: Advanced

Best Wind: W

 

Manly Beach

6. Manly Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 37 mins

Wave Difficulty: Beginner

Best Wind: W

 

Wanda Beach

7. Wanda Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 37 mins

Wave Difficulty: Beginner

Best Wind: W

 

Freshwater Beach

8. Freshwater Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 38 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate

Best Wind: W

 

Curl Curl Beach

9. Curl Curl Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 41 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate

Best Wind: W

 

Dee Why

10. Dee Why

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 41 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate

Best Wind: W

 

Narrabeen

11. Narrabeen

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 44 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate

Best Wind: W

 

12. Garie Beach

12. Garie Beach

Drive Time from Sydney City Centre: 1 hr 03 mins

Wave Difficulty: Intermediate

Best Wind: W

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