FROM Double Island Point to First Point, Old Woman Island and Mooloolaba Beach, the Sunshine Coast is renowned for having the best surfing conditions at over 126 locations and board riders come from all corners of the globe to catch a wave here.

Sammy Crooke is a surf instructor with Merrick's Learn to Surf in Noosa and he shared with Finda the top surfing spots on the Sunshine Coast, his favourite place to catch a wave when he's not working and a few tips and tricks for surfers looking to carve up on the Sunshine Coast.

Beginner

  • Noosa Main Beach: "A north facing beach. It is the only north facing beach so it's nice and gentle and protected from winds."
  • Little Cove: "Gentle rolling point break waves. Suitable for beginner to intermediate."
  • Mooloolaba, Coolum and Noosa corners: "Protected corners are best for learning in as lots of the open beaches have heavy shore breaks and are exposed to wind and the elements."

"Tip: pick a wave that suits yourability, otherwise you'll find yourself in a difficult or dangerous situation."

Experienced

  • Noosa National Park: "Outer points, only suitable for experienced surfers."
  • Double Island Point: "For anyone looking for adventure in Noosa, the left wave in the corner at DI is sick. It's also uncrowded but is only accessible by a 4WD."
  • Old Woman Island: "This is my favourite. It has a left and right hand wave. The right hand is one of the only reef breaks on the coast. But this is suitable only for experienced riders and unless you have a boat, the paddle to Old Woman Island is quite sharky."

"Tip: to avoid water rage respect the line up and wait your turn and always give way to your right and don't drop in."

Finda has collaborated information such as wave type, direction, size and length, wind and swell direction, dangers and how to get there on each of these top surfing spots and added them in an easy to use, interactive map


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Noosa Main Beach

Generally, the swell along Noosa Main Beach Is very small most of the time but when Noosa gets a cyclone swell, it picks up and the waves are very good but it closes out and dumps very hard and can get very dangerous.

Waves

  • Type: beach break.
  • Direction: lefts and rights.
  • Size range: 2ft to 6ft.
  • Power: fast, powerful, fun.
  • Normal length: normal (50m to 150m).
  • Good day length: long (150m to 300m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: S, SW.
  • Swell direction: N,NE.
  • Best tide: high tide.
  • Best tide movement: rising tide.

Dangers

  • Rips/undertow.
  • Swimmers.

Getting there

There is parking all along Claude Batten Drive that runs adjacent to Noosa Main Beach. Take one of the five access points straight down to the beach. An average 30m to 50m walk.

See today's surf report and surf cam for Noosa Main Beach.

Little Cove

Little Cove is often quite flat with small onshore swell that is perfect for beginners. Larger waves form at the right point and are suitable for beginners through to the more intermediate board riders. At high tide, Little Cove looses much of it's sandy beach.

Waves

  • Type: point break.
  • Direction: right.
  • Size range: less than 3ft and up to 6ft.
  • Power: fun, ledgey.
  • Normal length: short (50m).
  • Good day length: normal (50m to 150m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: S, SW.
  • Swell direction: N,NE.
  • Best tide: low and mid tide.
  • Best tide movement: either.

Dangers

  • Rocks.

Getting there

Park in either Hastings Street or National Park car park at the end of Park Road and walk. About 150m from Hastings Street and 300m from National Park car park.

See today's surf report for Little Cove.

 

Mooloolaba, Coolum and Noosa corners

Noosa corner (First Point)

First Point is perfect for mal riders.

Waves

  • Type: point break.
  • Direction: right.
  • Size range: less than 3ft and up to 12ft.
  • Power: hallow, fun, powerless.
  • Normal length: normal (50m to 150m).
  • Good day length: long (150m to 300m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: N, NW.
  • Swell direction: E,NE.
  • Best tide: low and mid tide.
  • Best tide movement: falling tide.

Dangers

  • Rocks.

Getting there

Park at the end of Hastings Street (in front of Sails Restaurant) and walk. Average walk 50m.

See today's surf report for First Point.

Coolum corner (Point Perry)

Coffee Rock formations hold the shape of the beach intact most of the year so the breaks are generally consistent. There are three main wave breaks in this area : the beach breaks between Stumers Creek and Point Perry ; typical beach breaks at Point Perry and the three bays between Point Perry and Point Arkwright.

Waves

  • Type: beach break.
  • Direction: rights and lefts.
  • Size range: less than 3ft and up to 8ft.
  • Power: fast.
  • Normal length: short (50m).
  • Good day length: short (50m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: W, SW, S.
  • Swell direction: SE, E.
  • Best tide: mid tide.
  • Best tide movement: rising tide.

Dangers

  • Rips/undertow.
  • Rocks.
  • Sharks.

Getting there

Park at Point Perry lookout or at the two parking bays below Point Perry along David Low Way and walk 30m - 50m to beach.

See today's surf report for Coolum Beach.

Mooloolaba corner (The Spit)

The Spit is located at the end of Mooloolaba Beach in the corner between the open beach and the rock wall. The rock wall shelters this cove from wind and is renowned for its small, easy to catch breaks perfect for beginners.

Waves

  • Type: beach break.
  • Direction: rights and lefts.
  • Size range: less than 3ft and up to 5ft.
  • Power: hallow, fast.
  • Normal length: short (50m).
  • Good day length: normal (50m to 150m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: SW.
  • Swell direction: E, NE.
  • Best tide: all tides.
  • Best tide movement: rising and falling tides.

Dangers

  • Rips/undertow.

Getting there

Park at the car parks at the end of Parkyn Parade and walk the 100m to 300m.

See today's surf report  for The Spit.

 

Noosa National Park

Boiling Point

On a small wave Boiling Point has a hollow take-off  that then reels off the rocks for 300m, then smashes into a big rock but on a big wave it can take a surfer all the way to Noosa beach. Great for longboards because of the nice easy, mellow waves.

Waves

  • Type: point break.
  • Direction: right.
  • Size range: 5ft to 12ft.
  • Power: fun.
  • Normal length: information not available.
  • Good day length: information not available.

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: SW, S.
  • Swell direction: E.
  • Best tide: all tides.

Dangers

  • Rocks.
  • Sharks.

Getting there

Park in the National Park car park at the end of Park Road and walk. About a five minute walk.

See today's surf report for Boiling Point.

Tea Tree Bay

The right corner of Tea Tree Bay is the best waves.

Waves

  • Type: point break.
  • Direction: right.
  • Size range: 2ft to 6ft.
  • Power: fast, fun, powerless.
  • Normal length: normal (50m to 150m).
  • Good day length: long (150m to 300m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: S, SE.
  • Swell direction: N, E, NE.
  • Best tide: low and mid tides.
  • Best tide movement: rising and falling.

Dangers

  • Rocks.

Getting there

Park in the National Park car park at the end of Park Road and walk. About a 15 minute walk.

See today's surf report for Tea Tree Bay.

Alexandra Bay

When everywhere else is flat there should be waves at Alexandra Bay. Like a true bay there are two points on each side but the best waves are on the inside pockets. Keep in mind this is a clothes optional beach.

Waves

  • Type: beach break.
  • Direction: right and left.
  • Size range: 2ft to 6ft.
  • Power: fast, powerful, ledgey.
  • Normal length: short (50m).
  • Good day length: short (50m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: NW, W, SW.
  • Swell direction: NE, E, SE.
  • Best tide: all tides.
  • Best tide movement: rising and falling.

Dangers

  • Rips.
  • Sharks.

Getting there

Park at McAnally drive and take the path into Noosa National Park. It is a 20-30m walk to Alexandra Bay.

See today's surf report for Alexandra Bay.

 

Double Island Point

Australia's longest wave break. There are two sides to Double Island, the pocket at the end of Teewah Beach and in the corner at the end of Rainbow Beach. The breaks in this cove at the end of Teewah is a powerful left and the occasional right.

Waves

  • Type: point break.
  • Direction: right and left.
  • Size range: 3ft up to over 16ft.
  • Power: powerful, fun.
  • Normal length: long (150m to 300m).
  • Good day length: exceptionally long (more than 500m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: N, NW, S, SE.
  • Swell direction: N, S, SE, E, NE.
  • Best tide: low tide only.
  • Best tide movement: falling tide.

Dangers

  • Rips/undertow.
  • Rocks.
  • Sharks.

Getting there

Is only possible with a 4WD vehicle. There are two ways to get to Double Island.

  1. From Noosa: catch the Noosa Ferry at the end of Moorindil Street in Tewantin over to Noosa North Shore. Take Teewah Beach Road and follow it out onto the beach. Once on the beach, turn left and head north. To access the Teewah pocket, follow the beach to the end. To access the Rainbow Beach pocket, take the cutting through to Rainbow Beach, turn right and drive up into the corner.
  2. From Rainbow Beach: Head through Rainbow Beach township and out onto the beach via Griffin Esplanade. Turn right and head south down into the corner. Note: this route is subject to tides. At high tide much of the beach disappears in the corner and the rocks closer to Rainbow make taking this path impossible.

See today's surf report for Double Island Point.

Old Woman Island

Old Woman Island is only surfable when swell is around the 3ft to 5ft. When it the swell is too big it just closes out.

Waves

  • Type: reef.
  • Direction: right and left.
  • Size range: 3ft.
  • Power: fun.
  • Normal length: short (50m).
  • Good day length: short (50m).

Tide, swell and wind

  • Wind direction: E.
  • Swell direction: N, S.
  • Best tide: high tide only.
  • Best tide movement: rising tide.

Dangers

  • Sharks.

Getting there

Old Woman Island is best accessed by boat.

Information sourced from the WannaSurf website and the yoSurfer website.

Topics:  beach surfing