Top 10 Surf Spots on the North Coast

The north coast of NSW is a surfer’s paradise, with plenty of breaks to choose from for both beginners and experienced surfers. Here’s our list of some of the best surfing spots from Byron Bay down to Seal Rocks.

1. The Pass, Byron Bay

Often described as one of the best surfing beaches in Australia, The Pass is a consistent right-hander that breaks off the iconic Fisherman’s Rock. Just be prepared to battle crowds!

2. Lennox Head Point, Lennox Head

Regarded as Australia’s finest right-hand point, Lennox Head is not for the faint-hearted. If leaping off the rocks into the surf doesn’t get your adrenalin pumping, the powerful currents and large swells are sure to do the trick! There are plenty of friendlier waves down the beach for beginners.

3. Angourie Surfing Reserve, Clarence Valley

Angourie Point is home to one of the most famous waves in Australia – partially thanks to the ‘surf rage’ incident between Nat Young and another local surfer, which won the sleepy village international headlines. It’s also one of the best right-hand point breaks in the country and a favourite with malibu riders.

4. Arrawarra, Coffs Coast

Arrawarra is a paradise for beginner surfers and kids, who will love the small, gentle waves breaking off a stunning pebble-lined point. For bigger waves, head north to Darlington Beach.

Top 10 Surf Spots on the North Coast
Arrawarra, Coffs Coast. Image by Elize Strydom

5. Sawtell Island, Coffs Coast

Great point-style waves can be found on either side of this beautiful island, which protects the waves from most winds.

6. Crescent Head Surfing Reserve, Macleay Valley

While the long right-handers at Crescent Head Point Surfing Reserve are no longer a well-kept secret, this laid-back village is the gateway to a handful of beautiful (and less crowded) breaks including Delicate Nobby, Big Hill, Queens Beach and Point Plomer.

Top 10 Surf Spots on the North Coast
Surfers have long loved Crescent Head. Image courtesy of Macleay Valley Coast

7. Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie

Popular with bodyboarders and surfers alike, Lighthouse Beach is also one of Port Macquarie’s most picturesque beaches, offering protection from Summer north-easterlies. Best for intermediate to advanced surfers.

8. Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills

Bonny Hills is a town that revolves around the surf with locals and visiting surfers flocking to Rainbow Beach when the southerly swell hits. Further along the beach, Middle Rock also offers some spectacular surf when conditions are good.

9. Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms (Barrington Coast)

With excellent waves, white sand and crystal-clear waters, Boomerang Beach is a place you may never want to leave. Head to the southern headland for peeling right-handers that are perfect for surfers of all levels.

Top 10 Surf Spots on the North Coast
Boomerang Beach beauty. Image by Kirk Owers

10.Treachery Beach, Seal Rocks

Follow the dirt track that winds around from Seal Rocks past Lighthouse Beach and you’ll find an idyllic campground and fantastic point break. True to its name, Treachery is a challenging place to surf but provides a powerful wave that experienced surfers will love. While you’re there, explore Seal Rocks to find more isolated beaches.