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Top 5 Serene Australian Surf Spots

TRAVEL // EMMA-JANE EELES

If you’re in Australia and have nothing locked in for holidays but are on the hunt for some fun waves in beautiful locations that you might have never been before? I’ve put together a list of my Top 5 destinations in Australia to spend your Christmas and New Years so you can score waves, get a tan and stay stoked in the sunshine. Wishing The Mermaid Society a Merry Christmas.

1. Arrawarra (NSW)

Located just ten minutes north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast, Arrawarra is the perfect destination for longboard riders who love those long right hand point breaks. Unlike other Malibu surfing destinations on the Mid North Coast of NSW like Crescent Head, Arrawarra enjoys a quiet and laid back charm with just one general store located at Mullaway. Shortboard rider? No problems! Check out other fun spots like Mullaway, Minnie Water & Emerald Beach all within driving distance to get your stoke on!

Hot tip: Make sure you check out Emerald Beach headland while you’re there to see the local kangaroos grazing lazily on the grass at sunset and afterwards enjoy the fine food and sea views at Saltwater on the Beach Restaurant and Cafe (http://www.saltwateronthebeach.com)

2. Yallingup (WA)

Only a three hour drive south of Perth is this gorgeous little town with its famous reef break and crystal clear waters. Yallingup is home to Pro surfer Taj Burrows and the area boasts world-class waves such as Prevelly and Gnarabup with stunning beaches in between.

Hot tip: Camping in this area is stunning with rugged limestone sea cliffs and windswept granite headlands in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park (http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/leeuwin-naturaliste)

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3. Bicheno (TAS)

Bicheno is located on the sunny east coast of Tasmania & is a cute little town where at night you can catch glimpses of fairy penguins as they return to nest from sea. Redbill beach in town has fun waves and if the swell is maxing out everywhere don’t go past Diamond Island for fun little right-handers on your malibu. Within driving distance are campgrounds located right on the beach. Freycinet NP is home to the famous Wineglass Bay and only a short drive south.

Hot tip: While you’re in town stocking up on camping supplies don’t miss the Blue Edge Bakery for yummy treats & huge pots of tea!(http://www.tasmaniaseastcoast.com.au/accom_result1/blue-edge-bakery-bicheno-tasmania/)

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4. Anglesea (VIC)

Nestled in between the busy hub surf town of Torquay and the 12 apostles what better spot than Anglesea? Slightly quieter than the other coastal towns of Torquay and Lorne that get overrun by tourists during the festive season you can be guaranteed here to score some sweet waves at world class spots that are well within driving distance such as Bells Beach, Winkipop, Impossibles and Point Roadknight.

Hot tip: Never surfed before & want some local surf lessons or just information on where’s working? Go see the friendly surf coaches at Go Ride A Wave while you’re in town & get stoked! (http://gorideawave.com.au/locations/anglesea-learn-to-surf/)

5. Agnes Waters (QLD)

This little spot that is possibly the furthest north you can find surf on the East Coast of Australia stole my heart many years ago. A bit busier these days with tourists, Agnes Waters boasts beautiful Australian bushland and a fun malibu wave when it’s working (unfortunately this is rare). If you’re road tripping from the south be sure to stop in at spots like the Gold Coast and Noosa for some waves just in case Agnes is not doing it’s thing! Whilst in the area check out Deepwater and Eurimbula National Parks for stunning coastal scenery and beaches as well as bushwalking and picnicking.

Hot tip: Tours to Lady Musgrave island are a must if you’re in the area and leave from the town of 1770 and operate daily. While there’s definitely no surf here, the sea life and snorkelling is incredible for flat days on the mainland! (http://www.lmcruises.com.au/1770andAgnesWater.aspx)

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