With over 5000 kilometres of coastline facing the rough seas of the Southern Ocean, South Australia has some amazing surf spots amongst spectacular coastal scenery.
The state has hundreds of beautiful beaches, ranging from the popular family friendly beaches of Glenelg and Semaphore in Adelaide, to the near deserted beaches of the Eyre Peninsula. Whether you’re a pro surfer or just a beginner, there are plenty of great surf spots to catch some waves in South Australia. Here are some ideas.
If you’re staying in Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is the place to go for the closest surf beaches to the city. Located around 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, there are surf breaks here that suit all abilities. Sellicks, Christies, Moana and Seaford all offer a variety of good breaks, while Middleton Beach is good for beginners due to its consistent long rolling waves. Further south towards the end of the peninsula you will find Parsons and Waitpinga Beach, well known for their large swells coming from the Southern Ocean and perfect for experienced surfers.
The next place to head to from Adelaide is the Yorke Peninsula, located around 2 hours drive from the city and perfect for a weekend surf trip. The Yorke Peninsula is home to the Daly Head Surf Reserve – a whole area of coastline dedicated to surfers, with several great surf breaks to choose from with varying difficulties. Innes National Park is another popular spot with several excellent surf beaches such as Pondalowie Bay and Chinamans Beach. Camping is a popular activity here, making the Yorke Peninsula a good spot for a camping and surfing holiday.
If you’re after a real surfing adventure with often deserted beaches, head to the Eyre Peninsula. This remote region has over 2000kms of rugged coastline to explore from Whyalla to Ceduna, all facing the rough waters of the Southern Ocean. The remote beaches, limestone reefs and excellent surf breaks makes the Eyre Peninsula heaven for surfers. Some popular spots include Cactus Beach, around 90kms from Ceduna, Blackfellows Beach near Elliston, Fowlers Bay and Venus Bay. Streaky Bay also has some amazing remote surf spots known for their enormous swells. Many of these beaches are remote and might have conditions that are only suited to experienced surfers.
Sitting 13 kms off the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is the wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island. This rugged island has some stunning coastal scenery which is dotted with amazing beaches and surf breaks. You can reach Kangaroo Island by jumping on the ferry at Cape Jervis, 90 minutes south of Adelaide, or you can fly. The main roads on the island are driveable with a car, however to reach the more remote beaches and surf breaks, you will need a 4WD. The most popular surf spots are on the rugged south coast, where Vivonne Bay is probably the most popular with a nice beach, clear water and some nice surf breaks to suit different abilities. For newer surfers, Pennington Bay provides some gentle waves, as does Stokes Bay on the north coast.
For the experienced surfers looking for huge waves, head to Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park with its rugged and remote coastline. Hidden reefs and rips are prevalent here, making for dangerous surf only suitable for experienced surfers, but the swells here are excellent and the scenery spectacular.
Whether you’re a newbie surfer or you’ve been riding waves for years, South Australia has a surf spot to suit you.