Byron Bay and New South Wales are nothing short of legendary on the surf scene, which explains the region’s ever-expanding roster of superb surf schools.
New South Wales is home to some of the country’s best surf breaks and beaches. Showstopping spots include Byron Bay, New Castle and Coffs Harbour, but there are hundreds more to explore, from mellow whitewater to gnarly breakpoints. There really is a swell for everyone. And, with endless sunny days and long-established surf culture, this warm-water haven will never lose points in the international surfer consciousness. If you’re considering catching a wave, we’ve rounded up five of the best surf camps in Byron Bay and New South Wales, based on price, itinerary, location and customer reviews.
Soul Surf School
Soul Surf School is one of Byron Bay’s most popular surf schools, and it’s little wonder why. Set slap-bang in the thick of the action, the school boasts easy access to big waves from its beach-front location. It’s also the only school in the area with permits to teach in both Byron Bay and Lennox Head. There are currently at least surf camps on offer, ranging from three to five days, suited to all levels. Most include four-hour surf lessons with passionate local and international instructors, and some offer private lessons too. Prices include accommodation, breakfast and transfers. From AUS 270.
With one, two and three-month surf academies on offer, MojoSurf is an excellent option for those looking to sharpen their surfing skills. The one-month “Surf Development” is the ultimate learn-to-surf experience while the three-month is aimed at those who would like to become licensed surf instructors. Prices include surf development training, accommodation, daily breakfast or lunch, fitness sessions, video analysis, and transfers. Those who don’t have so much time to spare can opt for a shorter course, like the three-day “Surf and Stay”. From AUS $290.
Yamba-Angourie Surf School
At Yamba-Angourie Surf School, surf enthusiasts can learn from a three-time Australian surfing champion. Jeremy Walters opened the school in 2001, and since then it has grown to become one of the region’s most prestigious schools. Set in Angourie Point is well-known for its consistent surf and surf offshore winds too. There are a few courses to choose from, but for a thorough induction to the sport the three-day “Learn to Surf” course is excellent value for money. From AUS $150.
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Blackdog Surfing is one of Byron Bay’s highest-rated surf camps. Established in 2001, the school runs a wide range of surf lesson packages for all ages and levels. Most courses are available for children aged 12 and over, which makes it a brilliant family-friendly activity too. You can even combine tuition with experiences whale watching, ocean safaris and kayak tours to really get to know the area. From AUS $130.
Surf Camp Australia
Surf Camp Australia offers two locations: Byron Bay and Seven Mile Beach. The latter is an excellent option for those who have never surfed before thanks to its beginner-friendly surf condition. It’s just two hours from Sydney too. There’s a good range of camps on offer, ranging from two day tasters to week-long courses. Those looking to elevate their experience can opt for the deluxe experience, which includes private cabin accommodation and a private instructor. Prices include dail surf tuition, all-inclusive accommodation, daily video analysis and free photos and highlights. From AUS 175.