Where to catch the best waves in Sydney

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Check out these best surf spots in Sydney to catch a wave.


Sydney is famous for a number of iconic attractions. The city can boast everything from cuddly koalas to the great Sydney Opera House down to the uniquely exquisite dining experience. While these activities are classic Australia, there’s one more that is often synonymous with Sydney, and that is surfing.

Surf pros all around the world have these waves rolling through their minds until they get to ride them, and often long after that as well. But even those who just travel to the land Down Under for a nice holiday usually have ‘learn to surf’ on their bucket list. Fortunately, there are over 70 beaches in Sydney that are fit for surfers of all levels, so there’s plenty of waves to share. Once you’re done with the water you can head back to your room at The Macleay Hotel in Potts Point for some much needed R and R.

Ride a different wave every day by checking out the most famous beaches you need to hit during your stay in Sydney.

Manly Beach

Let’s begin with one of the most popular surf spots in Sydney right now: Manly Beach. Because of its perfect waves, this beach was home to the first world surfing championship back in 1964, and continues to host the annual Australian Open of Surfing to this day. That being said, it’s one of the best places to learn how to surf as there are so many professionals to watch, and schools to attend. Come surf the same waves that pros such as Dion Atkinson and Nikki Van Dijk did and see if you can conquer the sport just like them.

The waves in Australia are one-of-a-kind. The waves in Australia are one-of-a-kind.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach is one of the more exclusive beaches to surf as it is located furthest from the city, but is an easy hour drive from The Macleay Hotel. This is also where the TV series ‘Home and Away’ is filmed. If you’re familiar with the show then you’ll likely know the surroundings.

Take note though, experienced surfers who take on the waves at Palm Beach explain the best surf occurs when the wind come in from the west, so be sure to give the weather a check before you go.

Dee Why

Dee Why Beach has been a huge gathering place for surfers. This is because it’s home to one of the oldest surfing fraternities in Australia which was established in 1961. The swells here are perfectly accommodating for surfers of all levels, and as such attracts both. All down the beach you’ll see surf lessons being held, and many more pros in the water. It’s the ideal place for beginners to mingle with the more seasoned athletes to pick up a trick or two.

Bondi Beach is one of the best surf spots in the country. Bondi Beach is one of the best surf spots in the country.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is arguably Australia’s most famous surf spot. The white sands and aqua blue water are exactly what you imagine when you think surfing in Australia. Here, surfers find the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in Australia, so it’s another great place to learn how to surf if you’re just starting out. Bondi beach-goers are never disappointed with their experience.

Once you’re done mastering the waves, or trying to master them, it’s time to head on over to The Macleay Hotel where many a weary tourist and surfer alike come to rest and refuel for another day of taking on the big city. Book your stay today, don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for your board!