Adrian Buchan, 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti champion, 2008 Quiksilver Pro France champion, former 2x Australian Pro Jr. Champion and current ASP world tour competitor, is clearly more knowledgable of the beach than we are (The Beach on the other hand…) so when we got the chance to interview the philanthropic pro surfer from Avoca on the Central Coast of New South Wales we asked him to put together a list of his top five favourite beaches in New South Wales, whether it be for surfing, swimming or doing nothing. Here’s what he came up with…
1) Avoca Beach “Avoca is home for me and nothing beats surfing at home when the waves are pumping with all my friends! Avoca is a really relaxed town with a friendly atmosphere so there’s always a good vibe in the water!”
Avoca Beach is a major Central Coast holiday and surfing area. The long stretch of beach is perfect for both novice and experienced surfers, and it’s also ideal for swimming. For those just starting out, Central Coast Surf School offer surfing classes to assist with surfing through all levels.
2) Sydney Harbour “It’s not surfing as such but I love paddle boarding around the harbour beaches and if you know where to find them there are a few novelty waves about if the swell’s big enough. Plus there are amazing views of the city, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House that you can’t get from anywhere else.”
Sydney Harbour beaches are the perfect spots to relax and unwind. At Double Bay, Redleaf Beach has a wraparound pontoon and a large, netted swimming area. At Vaucluse, there are two quiet beaches within Sydney Harbour National Park. Shark Beach in Nielsen Park has a netted swimming area and is great for snorkelling, while Milk Beach, a short walk from the park, offers visitors a dramatic view of Sydney.
3) Bouddi National Park, Central Coast “Bouddi is close to home for me and it’s where I go when I want to get away from the crowds and surf some really fun waves. There’s a few good spots. You have to put your time in here to really score on its day but when you do it’s all worth it.”
Bouddi National Park is located on the Central Coast of NSW. Along with surfing, the park offers a variety of activities including bushwalking, picnicking and camping. With pristine beaches it is a favourite for surfers. Tallow Beach has strong rips and currents, but surfers will find good breaks between MacMasters Beach and Box Head.
4. The Pass, Byron Bay “I just love the feeling of walking back around the pass after a good session and looking out and seeing all the happy faces. Backpackers in the surf schools, mums on longboards, kids in the reforms and locals dominating the outside peak. There is something special about Byron.”
Byron takes in a cluster of surf beaches to the north and south of Cape Byron, including The Pass which can take surfers on a 500m ride. Depending on your skill, choose from Wategos, The Pass, Belongil, The Wreck, Broken Head, Tallow Beach or Cosy Corner. There are great waves and plenty of opportunities to learn to surf in a beautiful environment.
5.) Ulladulla “I love this area because there are so many different types of waves and it’s so clean and uncrowded. There is something for everyone.”
Ulladulla makes a great base for exploring Morton National Park, Lake Conjola to the north and Lake Burrill to the south. The Ulladulla regions offers some of the best spots for including Bendalong, Mollymook Beach and the Golf Course reefs, Rennies and Racecourse Beach and Wairo Beach.