The coastline in the South West offers up world-class surf, and as a result features heavily on surf forums and websites. The region has been a surfing Mecca for nearly 50 years when surfers started migrating to the Margaret River region. A surfing lifestyle has been well ingrained in local culture since. The famed Surfers Point, 10 kilometres from Margaret River town is the perfect vantage point for watching the local surfers take on this premier wave. ‘Main break’ as the locals call it, is the setting for the annual Margaret River Pro, one of surfing’s annual World Championship Tour events.
There are over 100 surf breaks along the south west coast and conditions range from powerful reef breaks, to fun beach breaks for beginners. Year-round, powerful ground swells produce some of the most consistent surfing in the world, and in one of the most beautiful coastal settings.
Don't know how to surf? No worries. Hire a surf board and practice the technique of surfing by taking lessons at one of the many surf schools in the region. Check with the local visitor centre for further information. Alternatively, see the experts in action at one of the major surfing events such as the Margaret River Pro held in Margaret River each year.
Surf Breaks in the South West
With more than 75 surf breaks located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region alone, and many more along the southern coastline, anyone from the novice to the experienced surfer can enjoy the ultimate surfing experience in Australia's South West. Below are a few spots to get you started:
Contos Beach, near Margaret River
A beautiful bay, protected beach break when there’s southerly winds
Gracetown, Cowaramup Bay
Three waves in close proximity for beginners and pros
Boojidup Beach, Margaret River
Long stretch of beach, choose your own peak to surf
Three Bears, Yallingup
4WD access, premier reef break, very consistent
Smith’s Beach, Yallingup
Reef and beach, protected from southerly winds
Ocean Beach, Denmark
Primary surf and swim beach in the area, good for beginners and experienced surfers
Black Point, D’Entrecasteaux National Park
4WD access only, isolated, great for a camping trip, south facing beach and reef breaks
Muttonbird Island, near Albany
Suitable for all surfers, with a right and left beach break