BEACH CULTUREThe Beach Culture in Australia is not a legend, it is an integral part of the daily Australian lifestyle!!
Australia is surrounded by a coastline of 37.000 kms with the most spectacular waves and beaches in the world. Around 75% of Australians live within an hour away from any coastline and they consider the beach as their internal courtyard and surfing as their national sport. Wherever you are, you will find this quality of life where, at any time of the day, younger people as well as the not so young go to the beach, either to swim, or to surf, or to run or meet up with friends and have a drink in the countless pubs and cafes around. Yet be aware that surf beaches terminate in the North of Perth on the Indian Ocean side and in the South of Queensland, North of Noosa, on the Pacific Ocean side.
Whatever dates you have selected for your trip, you will be able to enjoy the Australian coastline, either to surf, or swim or to simply admire the beauty of the numerous Australian beaches. The climate rarely reaches extreme cold temperatures, except in July and August in Victoria and Tasmania. Although Australians surf all year round!!
What is really curious is that surfing originally comes from Hawai and was only introduced in Australia in 1915. It immediately gained favour among the public in 1954 when Queen Elizabeth II was a spectator at a competition on the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney. It has since been the most popular sport in Australia, resulting in a great number of world champions such as Nat Young, Tom Carroll, Michael Peterson, Mark Occhilupo, Pam Burridge, Layne Beachley, and many more!!
SURFING SPOTS AUSTRALIA
The best spots are in the Southern part of Australia, more on the Pacific Ocean side than on the Indian Ocean side.
Did you know that the world surf capital city
is Torquay, a small town located at 100 kms West of Melbourne where you can find the famous Bells Beach and its impressive swells all year round? Torquay is the headquarters of the biggest surf brands, Quicksilver and Rip Curl, the centre of the major international competitions such as the Ripcurl PRO Australia and has its own museum dedicated to the history of surfing, “Surf World Museum”
. Be aware, though, that this coast is frequented by the “hardcores” because of its big waves. The symbolic, not to mention the cult beach in Australia
is Bondi Beach in Sydney. It has re-invented the Beach Culture and created the concept of volunteer « Life Savers», easily recognized by their typical red and yellow swimming hat. Bondi Beach can easily be reached by train (15 minutes from the city centre); you only have to follow the guys with a board out of « Bondi Junction » terminus to know which bus to catch to the beach!Sydney
reaches close to 5 million inhabitants, is the main business centre in Australia, enjoys a New-York-style skyline but never fell into the trap of most mega cities and perpetuates its relaxed lifestyle that will never die as long as the surf beaches remain. It is not rare to see people in suits and thongs or in boarder shorts and barefooted! Go to Circular Quay at rush hour to check the arrival of the Manly ferry and you will understand!! Other daily symbols to be seen everywhere: the suntanned blond-curled youth in surf wear fashion and Holden “utes” (small vans used by surfers to carry their boards).
To sum it all up, the city of the surf beaches and "Sun, sand and surf” is Sydney: it is home to over 30 surf beaches all of which are easily reached by public transport. It will take you weeks to test them all because they all are so beautiful! Don’t miss the Northern Beaches that include Manly, Dee Why, Narrabeen and Avalon, they are real winners!!
The East Coast
is probably the most well known surf coast in Australia. It includes Byron Bay
in New South Wales (another cult surf destination that offers perfect waves, endless sandy beaches, a warm sea all year round and a bohemian ambiance) and the Gold Coast
in Queensland (that attracts international surfers, especially Kirra Beach famous for its breaks creating great barrels). Other important surf spots in Australia
are Margaret River and the Perth coast in Western Australia, the famous Cactus Beach in South Australia, Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania that offers the wildest coastline and spooky swells.
If you apply for one of our surf programmes, you will receive the following advantages:
- A Welcome Kit
with all the tips to get settled in the city you have selected: how to get a mobile phone, how to apply for a Tax File Number, how to open a bank account…
- A mini glossary with the surfing terms used in Australia;
- A mini guide GET STARTED: how to find a JOB?
- A weblog:
« My blog in Australia », for you to tell about your Australian experience and allow your family and friends to share it with you.
To allow you to experience this beach culture lifestyle, we have organised a wide selection of programmes for surfers and for non surfers:
- For those coming on a Working Holiday Visa, who want to improve their English language skills and experience the Australian beach culture for one year. Contact us
- A wide ranges of courses (English courses, vocational training, university courses...)
for those who wish to further their studies in an international environment and consolidate their career while enjoying the beach culture. More info…
- Professional training specialised in surfing
for those who want to make a career in the surf industry. 1st choice:
Bachelor of Science (Surf Science and Technology), 3 years, Western Australia 2nd choice:
Bachelor of Business (Sport Management and Marketing), 3 years, Gold Coast 3rdchoice:
Master of Sport management, 1,5 year, Sydney 4th choice:
Master of Sport Management, 1 year, Gold Coast
- A fun introduction to surfing the Australian way:
our programmes SURF ADVENTURE
, that you can book beside your course or as part of your trip around Australia. The organizers are young Australians who absolutely want you to appreciate their lifestyle and get to know how to surf and impress your “mates” (friends)!! You can choose from : BOOK THROUGH US AND YOU WILL HAVE 5% OFF THE TOTAL PRICE!! 1st choice:
A one day Surf Adventure on the Northern Beaches in Sydney that includes surf training, an introduction to the history of surf in Australia as well as a guided tour of the Northern Beaches. (includes transport, lunch, equipment, surf lessons by super friendly accredited Australian instructors).
AU$79 NB: not operational from June to September each year. 2nd choice:
A weekend Surf Adventure at Big Hill, a deserted surf beach, 5 hours drive North of Sydney! (includes transport, accommodation in a comfortable Beach House, meals, equipment, surf lessons by super friendly accredited Australian instructors and non-stop entertainment!).
A unique Australian experience! AU$245
NB: not operational from June to September each year. 3rd choice:
A 2-days Surf and Stay in Byron, THE destination on the NSW coast, an experience not to be missed !! France from Boomerang Australia Studies was initiated in to surfing in Byron Bay as soon as she arrived in Australia and she will never forget it!! Imagine dolphins around you and surfing with you!! Unforgettable!! (includes 2 nights accommodation in a Backpacker hostel, transfer from your accommodation, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts, equipment, surf lessons by super friendly accredited Australian instructors and a “surfie” t-shirt if you book at least 5 days in advance!).
AU$195 4th choice:
A Surf Trip along the NSW coast: THE solution to divide a very long and boring trip from Sydney to Byron Bay (minimum non-stop 10-hours drive by coach!), spread along 5 full days; you will be initiated into or practicing surfing while thoroughly enjoying the surf culture!! Open to beginners as well as to advanced surfers. (includes transport, accommodation, meals, equipment, surf lessons by super friendly accredited Australian instructors, a “surfie” t-shirt and non-stop entertainment!).
AU$595 BOOK THROUGH US AND YOU WILL HAVE 5% OFF THE TOTAL PRICE!! Book or ask for more details about
one or more of our surf programmes.
- Beware the seasons!!
Winter starts in June and ends in September so it would be better for you to come and surf from October to May! You still can surf in winter but you will need a wetsuit.
- We advise beginners and the non experienced
to start their initiation in to Australian surf on the East Coast and around Perth, because the spots in Victoria, South Australia and Margaret River are suited for very advanced surfers, the swells being powerful and dangerous.
- Those who want to seriously surf in Sydney,
avoid Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. We recommend the Northern Beaches in the North or Brontee, Maroubra and Cronulla in the South. They are mainly frequented by the locals who are experimental surfers.
- Sharks in Australia:
most beaches are equipped with anti-shark nets so there is a low risk of having an uncomfortable encounter with sharks. However, you still need to beware on un-patrolled beaches and make sure to always have company with you.
- Boards in Australia
are cheaper than in most countries, so, unless you are very keen to use your own board, it is more convenient to buy a new or second hand one in Australia. It will also avoid you having to pay for excess luggage! You can buy good quality new short boards from AU$500 and long boards from AU$800. You can also find very good quality second hand boards for around AU$200. In Sydney, do your shopping in the Northern Beaches, this is where the cheapest shops are.
- Australian beaches and related dangers:
do not underestimate the sun factor (it is extremely dangerous due to the ozone layer above Australia: you don’t suntan, you burn, especially at lunch time!!) and the "rips" factor (very dangerous and powerful currents that drag you offshore). It is important to identify the patrolled and unpatrolled beaches, understand the flag codes and swim between the red and yellow flags. Read more...
- the website: www.coastalwatch.com.au
to check the swell conditions in Australia daily.
- the website: www.coastcare.com.au
if you are interested in protecting Australian beaches and the coastline from the ever-growing, destructive pollution.