South Australia
Surf Spots & Information

South Australia is in the southern central part of the
country and covers some of the most arid parts of the continent.
With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometers (379,725 sq mi), it is
the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories. It is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory and Queensland, to the east by Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and along the south by the Great Australian Bight and the Southern Ocean.

With nearly 1.6 million people, South Australia comprises less than 10% of the Australian population. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the southeastern coast and River Murray.

The South Australia coast from the border to Kingston is very similar to Victoria's southern coast - lots of limestone reefs with beaches in between. But you will need to explore. This coastline is also right open to the Southern Ocean. From Kingston the coast swings northwest and is mostly a large unbroken beach. Surfing potential here is limited by access (there are very few places to access the beach and a 4WD is necessary), and size usually decreases the further north you move. This beach ends at Victor Harbor; in this area there are reef and beach breaks, although Kangaroo Island can block swell.

Adelaide, South Australia's capital, is located on the Gulf of St . Vincent. Although it can get small choppy waves, it isn't really a serious destination. Adelaide's surfers usually head for the tip of Yorke Peninsula, where there are some good reef/point setups. Spencer Gulf separates Yorke Peninsula from Eyre Peninsula.

The southern and western coasts of Eyre Peninsula offer a variety of reef, point and beach breaks. There are some closely guarded classic setups along this coast. Many of the waves are quite powerful and are not to be underestimated. West of Ceduna are the famous cactus beach breaks, some of several well-known breaks in the area.

The country is harsh and 40+ Celsius land temperatures can combine with 25+ Celsius water temperatures. Great Whites patrol the area regularly, so be careful! The surf ends at the Nullabour Plain, not due to lack of swell, but due to 200 miles of unbroken cliff that stretches to the Western Australia border.

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South Australia Surf Spots

 

Fowlers Bay Area (Caves, Castles, Cactus, Cunns, Crushers)

Surf Location Far west region of South Australia, which holds numerous high-quality breaks. This area requires a committed road trip to reach.
Best Swell Direction Southwest, South
Best Tide Incoming tide
Best Wind Direction North
Best Surf Season Year-round
Wave Quality Lots of good waves at all these breaks to go with lots of big sharks. Caves especially can get epic.
The Surfers These spots are remote and have a loyal following of experienced surfers, so be respectful and deliberate when surfing here.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Depends on swell size
Skill Level Intermediate to Expert
Bottom Reef, rocks and sand
Watch Out For... Sharks, locals
Water Condition Gin clear
 

Pennington Bay

Surf Location Located on Kangaroo Island. You can reach it via a quick flight or ferry. The break is located close to American River, which is the main town on the island.
Best Swell Direction South, Southwest
Best Tide Incoming tide
Best Wind Direction North
Best Surf Season Can get big in winter, but breaks year-round
Wave Quality Powerful, hollow and fast right and left beach break
The Surfers Fun beach break that occasionally delivers workable walls and nice tubes
Boards Any board will work
Paddle Out Easy to moderate depending on swell
Skill Level Intermediate
Bottom Sand with some rocks
Watch Out For... Sharks
Water Condition Super clean
 

Knights Beach (The Wedge)

Surf Location In Port Elliot in same area of Middleton Beach
Best Swell Direction Southwest, South
Best Tide Mid and High
Best Wind Direction North
Best Surf Season Year-round
Wave Quality Beach break, so breaks both ways. It is similar to the Newport wedge, so watch out! It can get hollow and bone-crunching powerful. Since it is near Adelaide, it is also crowded.
The Surfers Good surfers…big crowd
Boards Shortboard on small days, body boarders when it gets big
Paddle Out Easy to difficult depending on swell
Skill Level Intermediate
Bottom Sand and rock
Watch Out For... Sharks, locals
Water Condition Clean
 

Middleton

Surf Location In Port Elliot near Adelaide
Best Swell Direction Southwest, South
Best Tide Mid and High
Best Wind Direction North
Best Surf Season Twelve months a year you will find surf here
Wave Quality Fun beach break
The Surfers Crowded at times
Boards Longboard, shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginners
Bottom Sandy with rocks
Watch Out For... Rocks
Water Condition Brown-tinted water due to Murry River outflow
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