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Surf’s Up: The Best Surf Spots in Noosa

Maybe you planned your trip to Noosa because of its world-famous surf breaks. Or maybe you had no idea Noosa had world-famous surf breaks. But once you’re in town, the laid-back surf culture is impossible to miss, and just as impossible to resist. You can’t go a weekend here without feeling the urge to pick up the board.


As a World Surfing Reserve, the region is officially recognised for its diverse and beautiful point breaks. So whether you’re here to hang ten, hang five or hang out (on the shore), the right waves are waiting for you in Noosa.

Here’s our list of the best surfing (and surf-watching) spots in town.

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First Point

It’s all in the name. First Point is the first place longboarders go to catch waves in Noosa. Located right at the end of Hastings Street, it has smaller waves that are great for learning to surf. It’s a prime spot and everyone knows it, so count on some crowds when you go.

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Tea Tree Bay (Noosa National Park)

Located 20 minutes from the entrance of Noosa National Park, this is the secluded spot surfers dream about. If you’re an experienced surfer, head to Tea Tree for a private sunrise surf. If you’re not, this beach is still pretty perfect for an afternoon picnic and stroll. Make sure to check out the rock pools to meet some of the local marine wildlife.

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Granite Bay (Noosa National Park)

Granite Bay faces a different direction than most of the other point breaks in Noosa, so if the swells aren’t too er, swell on the other beaches, give this one a try. Experienced surfers can find waves well over 10 feet, but as the name suggests, Granite Bay can get pretty rocky, so stick to the beach if you’re still a beginner.

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Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach is easy to get to, but so hard to leave. You’ll want to spend the whole day riding its fast waves or sunning on the shore. This beach does have the occasional rip current so make sure you stay close to the lifeguards. Local tip: whales like to pass by Sunshine Beach in the winter, so listen closely when you’re underwater and you might hear one say hello.

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Double Island Point

There’s so much surfing right here in Noosa that it seems strange to suggest leaving, but Double Island Point is worth the 50-kilometre drive. Its long, fun waves are perfect for beginners and beyond, and the warm crystal waters will have you craving your next wipeout. It’s a favourite among day-trippers and dolphins alike.

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Alexandria Bay (Noosa National Park)

Known by the locals as A-Bay, we only recommend this spot for the more advanced surfers. Located on the east side of Noosa Heads, this open beach takes a bit of trekking to get to, but promises tranquil views and perfect waves.

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Any of these spots are worth a trip just for a little peace of mind and sand between the toes. But if the waves are calling your name, book a surf lesson with our friends at Noosa Learn to Surf. Make some new friends in a group lesson, or enjoy a romantic day on the waves with a private session for two.

Happy surfing!