It seems that every summer we swear that this is the year we learn how to surf. Whether it’s our childhood diet of Blue Water High and Blue Crush or simply the super cool Aussie locals that are dominating in professional surfing (we’re looking at you, Stephanie Gilmore), we’ve always felt a pull to surfing.

Being city slickers, sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for a good swell, especially if you’re a beginner. If you’re in the same boat as us, we’ve gathered some of the best places to surf near Brisbane with a special consideration for beginner surfers who are learning how to shred the waves.

Sun’s out, boards out! Let’s get surfing!

Currumbin Alley | Gold Coast

Currumbin is easily one of the best spots for surfing near Brisbane and is a favourite for those just learning to surf. If you’re starting from base one, there are plenty of local surf schools that can get you on your feet (literally), like Currumbin Valley Surf School. They offer beginner lessons and ladies only classes, as well as an 8-week challenge that will have you shredding like Mick Fanning himself. Well, almost.

Noosa Heads | Sunshine Coast

If you thought Noosa was only good for their trendy cafés and seaside bars, you obviously haven’t seen Noosa Heads on a good surf day. Perfect for beginners and seasonal surfers alike, the swell along Main Beach is famous for being some of the best on the East Coast. Beginners will have a particularly good time as the waves are easy enough to master on a longboard. When in doubt, hit up the team at Noosa Surf Lessons for a little extra TLC.

Caloundra | Sunshine Coast

Caloundra boasts some of our favourite beaches on the Sunny Coast, and if you’re thinking of taking to the board one weekend you won’t find a nicer place to learn. The team at Caloundra Surf School are the ultimate teachers, and have taken things a little bit further to make sure you get the most out of your session: they have exclusive council permits to teach lessons at three of the best beaches in Caloundra, including Happy Valley, Dicky Beach and Currimundi. If you don’t want to be thrown headfirst into the deep end, they’ll get you on your feet before you know it.

Greenmount Beach | Gold Coast

Located in Coolangatta at the southern end of the Gold Coast, Greenmount is an under-the-radar surfing destination that locals have kept secret for good reason… Nestled between Snapper and Kirra beaches, two beaches famous for their breaks, Greenmount is #blessed with the perfect swell for surfers who are still finding their feet. Talk to the team at Walkin’ On Water for some extra tips and tricks.

Burleigh Beach | Gold Coast

If you’re keen to immerse yourself completely in the culture of surfing, you won’t find a better destination than Burleigh Beach. Burleigh boasts some of the ultimate street cred, as the preferred beach for heaps of professional surfers and surf comps like the Burleigh Pro. If you coast along the main stretch you can expect long rides and deep barrels, but if you move along to the “Kid’s Corner”, in front of the Burleigh Pavilion, you find gentler waves and friendlier conditions, perfect for beginners. If you’re a beginner the crowds can be intimidating, but Godfathers Of The Ocean can help you make the most of this incredible surf.

Coolum Beach | Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of surfing, you won’t find a more welcoming stretch of coast than Coolum Beach. While it’s often been regarded as a destination for more experienced surfers (thanks to the likes of local pros such as Julian Wilson), Coolum also offers ideal conditions for some of the more novice surfers. Thanks to a series of sheltered bays driving direct onshore winds, the area offers a wide range of surfing conditions across the whole expanse of Coolum’s main beach. If you’re still learning to read the surf, a lesson with Coolum Surf School will help level up your know-how and have you reading the waves like a pro.

Woorim Beach | Bribie Island

An easy day trip from Brisbane, Woorim beach is ideal for beginners. With Moreton Island in the east, Woorim is protected from south swells, resulting in smaller waves and short rides that will have you finessing your burgeoning surf skills. SC Surf Schools can show you how to read the water (swells from the north can create uncomfortable strong currents) and have you stepping up from beginner to intermediate. With fewer crowds, it’s a good spot to take to the waves for the very first time.

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