It’s easy to fall in love with Tasmania’s culture, lifestyle, and people. On Australia’s South Coast, you’ll find this great state that features not only amazing resorts and cabin accommodations but also plenty of unique and spectacular surfing spots. One of the reasons why Australia is so popular as a tourist spot is because of its amazing surf opportunities. Whether you are an inexperienced surfer, a professional, or just an avid fan of the waves, the breaks here range from mild to wild and they will always have something for surfers all year round. In summer and early autumn, the waters are warm, but the biggest swells and strongest winds happen in mid-autumn and winter. If you want to challenge the big waves, keep reading to find out the best surf spots in Tasmania, Australia.
1. South Cape Bay
Before you can get to South Cape Bay, you’ll need to trek about 7 km (4.35 mi) through the beautiful Australian wilderness. It is on the most southern point of Australia, but the trek is pretty manageable. All your efforts will be worth it once you witness the beauty of South Cape, with its marvelous coastline, clear waters, and gigantic waves. It faces the Antarctic Ocean, which makes for an idyllic setting for photo ops. It also gets windy on the cape, and this adds to the surf experience.
South Cape Bay
Address: Southwest National Park, Tasmania 7116 Australia
2. Green Point Beach
Green Point Beach is one of the few quality spots on the West Coast of Tasmania. Voted as one of the top three best surfing beaches in the country, Green Point has everything that surfers are looking for. The beach has consistent waves all year round, especially during winter. It is for this reason that world-class windsurfing and large surfing competitions are held here annually.
Green Point Beach
Address: Perwinkle Beach Road via Marrawah, Smithton, Tasmania 7330, Australia
3. Midway Beach
Looking for some family-oriented things to do in Tasmania? Visit Midway Beach, which begins in the eastern part of Sulphur Creek. Beginners can challenge its waves for surfing as the beach is mildly steep and narrow, and features some rock flats. This surf spot is ideal for families, especially kids who want to learn how to catch some waves and have fun in the water.
Address: Midway Lane, Sulphur Creek, Tasmania, Australia
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4. Redbill Beach
Surf Beach, which is located on the northern end of Redbill, is the perfect spot to see rideable surf breaks. This is possible because Diamond Island, on the northern side, provides a right-hand break during gigantic swells. With rideable waves ranging from 0.5 m (1.64 ft) to 1 m (3.28 ft), clear waters, and a laidback atmosphere, it’s no wonder why this is known as the principal surfing spot in the town of Bicheno.
5. Shipstern Bluff
If you want to challenge the waves of Shipstern Bluff, you have to be prepared. This spot is known worldwide as the best place to look for big waves on the southeastern side of Tasmania. Its waves can rise up to 10 m (32.8 ft), so you need to be careful when surfing here. Surfers from all over the world, including champions like Andy Irons and Kelly Slater, have been lured to this beach for the awesome waves. To get here, you’ll need to complete a 45-minute hike first. The scenic view while hiking is already rewarding.
Address: Tunnel Bay Track, Cape Raoul TAS 7184, Australia
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Ocean Beach in Strahan
The unfriendly waves of the surfing spots of Strahan have attracted the attention of skilled surfers. High waves, strong rips, and a very wide surf zone - these are what await you here at Ocean Beach in Strahan. The water has a tendency to produce a strong upward and backward surge on the beach, which can smack down surfers. It is better to stay on the shore and wait until the conditions are calmer but you should still expect - and be cautious of - some rips.
Ocean Beach in Strahan
Address: 130 Ocean Beach Rd, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia
7. Clifton Beach
If surfing is your thing and you are looking for some surf spots that can fit any set of skills, perhaps you should consider Clifton Beach. Situated on the East Coast and in the South Arm Peninsula of Tasmania, it features a reasonably consistent beach break. Autumn is the best season for catching some waves here. On the northern end, you will find the perfect wind direction, but the best swell direction is to the south. Clifton Beach’s water is clear and clean, and the view is splendid for photo ops.
Address: Hobart, South Arm Peninsula, Tasmania 7020, Australia
8. Eddystone Rock
In the South East Cape of Tasmania, you will find another surfing gem on the coast of Eddystone: a surf break popularly called Eddystone Rock. On the left spot is one of the country’s biggest and most daunting waves: Pedra Branca. Surfers should take this spot seriously, since the waves can break about 12.19 m (40 ft) wide, throwing out big and bumpy swells. Although, once you conquer the unfriendly and gigantic waves, the feeling will be so rewarding. If you are up for this challenge, head to Eddystone Rock.
9. Roaring Beach
Another surfing gem that is well known on the Tasman Peninsula is Roaring Beach. The beach waves rise to an average height of 1.5 m (4.92 ft) and they break about 100 m (328 ft) wide. In the northern headland, you will usually find the strongest rip, and the best surf is typically found on the southern end. Besides surfing, this beach is also popular for activities like beachcombing. There is a car park that you can access through Roaring Beach Road.
10. King Island
Whether you are looking for relaxation or you want to challenge some unfriendly waves in Tasmania, King Island is a great pick. This gorgeous island has lured plenty of the world’s top surfers to come and conquer some of the most astonishing waves in the country. Another beach on the island, Martha Lavinia Beach is also famous for strong breaks, winds, and currents. Experience surfing in one of the best places on this side of Tasmania.
Big waves in Tasmania, Australia
There are plenty of hotels and luxury escapes in Tasmania, even more so the natural beauty that has captured the hearts of visitors from all over the world. The big waves from its many beaches give surfers more opportunities to have fun.
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