Surfing in Australia
Australia, “The Land Down Under” is a much diversified country and of course is the only continent which is an island. The landscape is multifaceted and offers an extraordinary species - rich flora and fauna, found both on the land and in the sea.
In total there are more than 200.000 species of animal containing more than 4000 different fish species which are indigenous to the Australian continent.
Australia is one of the best known of surfing nations and especially in the East and Southeast coasts of the country – where the population is most dense – surfing has become an important part of daily life. The line-ups are therefore crowded at times and the overall level of surfing skill is high. Therefore, even if you are not in the water, it is just fun to sit on the beach and watch the local’s on their boards.
The climate in Australia can be split into three different zones: The north which is tropical warm and humid. The south has a subtropical warm moderate climate and the heartland with its dry and hot desert landscape.
During the Australian summer in the north experiences rain, whereas the south is very hot and low in rainfall. The winter gives a completely different picture; the north is very warm and dry, whereas the south is very humid and can be chilly.
Australia is THE surfing destination in the southern hemisphere. Surfing is an important part of beach culture and many children learn to surf at a very early age. Accordingly the skill level in the water is very high.
The year long constant good conditions do the rest and are very pleasant for travelling non local surfers alike. Every surfer should take a once in a lifetime trip “down under”.
Surfers who like to be in company of other surfers should go to the East and Southeast coast. Travellers’ who are looking for peace and relative solitude should focus on the West coast; there they may often find a spot with good waves that you will only be shared with a few turtles.
Most flights usually stop off at one of the large Asian Airports. However the continent is also reachable directly by plane from Canada, the US, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and a few South sea islands.
Due to the large distances between the state capitals within Australia, internal journeys are also usually made by plane.
In bigger cities, especially on the East and Southeast cost, public transport is also a good alternative when travelling. When making North to South or East to West journeys across the country there is a good rail network to be found.
However, the easiest way to get along is to rent a car, or in case of a longer stay and with longer journeys then buying a car may be a good option.