New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is Australia’s oldest and most populous state, located in the south-east of the country, north of Victoria and south of Queensland. It was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland, as well as Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. New Zealand was not initially part of the colony, although when Britain annexed New Zealand in 1840 it was briefly a part of New South Wales. During the 19th century large areas were successively separated to form the British colonies of Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and New Zealand.

The entire New South Wales coastline is surfable. Southwards from the Queensland border to Byron Bay there are a number of great beach and point breaks. Like Queensland these turn on best in Summer and Autumn. Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point; the significance of this is that from here south the coast is more open to some winter swells generated in the deep south of the Tasman Sea between Tasmania and New Zealand.

The North Coast of NSW is home to some classic point setups such as Lennox and Angourie, but there are many others for anybody willing to search. The beaches are usually good value as well. Moving further south and Coffs Harbor marks the start of the mid north coast. Coffs Harbor itself has lots of beach breaks. The Mid North Coast is similar to the North Coast in geography with beaches and points. Some of the better known areas are Crescent Head and Port Macquarie. Southwards again begins the Central Coast and Hunter.

We are now getting far enough south that winter ground swells from the Tasman Sea can start making their presence felt, and surfing is generally good all year round Newcastle is home to Mark Richards and some very good beach breaks as well. The area from Newcastle to Sydney is known as the Central Coast, there is a multitude of beach and reef setups.

Sydney is blessed with scores of surfable points and reefs. Dee Why, Narrabeen, Cronulla, Bondi you have heard the names no doubt and the waves are there, but it does get very crowded at times with locals being on the psychotic side of things at times. Heading south from Sydney begins the south coast; the first section around Wollongong to Shell Harbor is still built up. There are some classic points in the area. Sandon Point, Windang Island and The Boneyard at Kiama will all handle waves well over 12 ft. Further south and the coast gives way to isolated towns and a largely undeveloped coastline. Waves such as Black Rock and Merimbula Bar rival any in the world for quality.


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