February 17, 2019

Surfers Guide To The Best Breaks

Surfers Guide To The Best Breaks Around Cabarita Beach

If there is one thing that the surfing community has in common, it’s the constant chase for the addictive rush of adrenaline and excitement that riding the perfect break delivers.  And although Australian surfers travel abroad on a quest for un-populated beaches and epic surf breaks, some of the world’s best surf breaks are located here, in Australia including our very own laid back seaside town of Cabarita Beach.  And if surfing is your passion you can’t miss the incredible action of the Byron Bay Surf Festival running 20-24th February, and located a short 30 minute drive from Cabarita.

Need to fine tune your surfing skills or keen to move from body surfing to a board? There are plenty of Cabarita Beach surf schools with experienced guides to get you on track.  Companies link in2surf provide lessons from beginners to advanced coaching to help you on your way.

So, get ready for an adrenaline charged surfing holiday experience at The Hideaway Cabarita Beach with some of the most epic surf spots on the NSW north coast to be found in our “Surfers guide to the best breaks in Cabarita Beach”.

(2-minute walk from The Hideaway Cabarita Beach)

With its stunning natural beauty, and consistent surf conditions year round, Cabarita Beach is a swell-magnet drawing the surfing community to its shores year after year and called home by  one of the most technically advanced surfers in the world – Chippa Wilson.  Recognized in 2018 as the 21 National Surfing Reserves Across Australia Cabarita’s surfing conditions are quite easy with a lot of south swells and it’s in winter that you will find the best conditions, outside of the main headland the waves get strong SE-S swells and while the beach is popular in the local surfing community, it’s not overcrowded and if you need some alone time with the waves, you can head a little further down the beach and you can be guaranteed it will be empty.  Check out the Cabarita beach surf report here.

Norries Headland with its’ white sandy beaches, aqua blue ocean and consistent swell is an out of the way surfers haven.  With your board under your arm take the short beachside bush walk through the remnants of the rainforest through to Norries and you will be rewarded with uninterrupted ocean views and some of the best headland point breaks around.  While its an easy trek to get to this part of the beach, you will find this part of the coast even less crowded than the main beach of Cabarita so it will just be you, your board, the crash of the ocean and a few like minded surfing souls.  Paradise.

Difficulty Level:                Beginner to Advanced

Break Type:                      Point Break, Right direction (Or, are you Goofy? This magic spot holds a left hand point break on the other side of the headland: Check surf report here)

(13-minute drive from The Hideaway Cabarita Beach)

Venture to the southern side of Fingal Head in Kingscliff and you will find the incredible hidden gem – Dreamtime Beach.   How to get to Dreamtime Beach is via the remains of a beautiful coastal rainforest and as you break out from the path you are rewarded with low lying sand dunes and the aqua blue water of the Pacific.  While it’s only a short distance from the regular crowds of main beach and the centre of town, Dreamtime beach has a sense of seclusion when you surf out in the deep blue ocean you will feel a welcome sense of solitude. Check out the Fingal surf report here.

Difficulty Level:                Beginner to Advanced

Type of Wave:                  Point break, Right direction

(20-minute drive from The Hideaway Cabarita Beach)

Nestled in the eastern end of Coolangatta Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Greenmount Beach is a beautiful sheltered oasis is one of the calmer Kingscliff surf breaks and on a sunny winters day you may be rewarded with views of Dolphins playing frolicking not too far away.  The calmer waters make this coastal headland an idyllic spot for beginner to intermediate surfers to hone their surfing skills without the hustle and crowds of the Coolangatta Main Beach and the waves are normally pretty consistent.   Greenmount Beach surf school, Walkin’ On Water can help you out with lessons off the beach and you can check-out the Kingscliff surf cam here.

Difficulty Level:                Beginner to Intermediate

Type of Wave:                  Point break, Right direction

On either side of Greenmount Beach is legendary Snapper Rocks – which offers a consistent and incredible right hander.  It is also home to the World Surf League Men’s Pro (held from the 3 – 13th April 2019).  Kirra sits on the other side of Greenmount and usually less busy than Snapper and also is home to an epic right hander.

The best thing about CABA is we are only 25 minutes from the border which offers all year round surfing at either Snapper Rocks, Greenmount (perfect for those rolling Mal waves) and Kirra.

Located right on the NSW / QLD border, Duranbah (D-Bah) also is home to a majestic right hander and is often the go to if Snapper or Kirra are not pumping.  The rivermouth jetties have helped form powerful wedging peaks that provide ample tube time at one of the worlds finest beach breaks.


A great spot for beginner surfing good for beginners and those wanting to first try out Surfing. Hastings Point is probably one of the best places, especially on the Tweed Coast to learn to surf. This location is best on mid to high tide and sits inside the headland escaping the wind. The sand break here is epic, the waves are perfect for beginners. If you have some mates that are only keen to watch, bring them along, there’s lots of good viewing areas!

(41-minute drive from The Hideaway Cabarita Beach)

A popular surfing beach year round located half way between Byron Main Beach and Cape Headland, The Pass has been a stomping ground for competitive surfers including former pro-surfer Kieren Perrow.  The Pass offers a mostly-gentle tapered wave that can roll along for what seems like forever along one of the most pristine beaches in Byron Bay, easy to surf and perfect for beginners.   This all changes however when The Pass is hit with a large south-easterly and the size of the swell brings avid surfers from around the north coast for the surf pumping adrenaline rush you can get.  When the south-easterly occurs at this point the beginner surfers are best off getting out of the water and learning from the sidelines.  You can check out the Byron Bay surf report here.

Difficulty Level:                Beginner to Advanced

Break Type:                      Point break, Right direction

Looking for laid back village vibe accommodation in Cabarita Beach with surf breaking right on your doorstep?  Our new eco-innovative Cabarita Beach Glamping Retreat is a surfing community haven with unique coastal glamping accommodation options.  Either join fellow surfers in our communal camp kitchen sharing stories and tips or retreat to the comfort of your glamping tent, enjoying the idyllic location and listening to the crash of the ocean. Book Now!