Some of the best surfing experiences in the world can be found in South Australia - from the rugged isolation of the far west coast to the surf breaks of Spencer Gulf. You can also take your board down to the mid-coast on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Kangaroo Island or surf the breaks of the south-east. Most of the breaks found in our 19 marine parks
allow you to spend the day in the surf, just you, your board and the waves. No cars. No roads.
It’s easy to build a week’s getaway around the surf breaks. Just pick a marine park. There are enough breaks to keep you going for as long as you like.
Three reasons why marine parks are great for surfers
- Surfers are renowned for being proactive in protecting the marine environment. Our marine parks protect it too - which gives you the chance to enjoy a pristine surf spot.
- Where sanctuary zones are on a surfing spot, that surf break is now protected from industry as well as fishing, so your favourite surf break in a sanctuary zone won’t become the site of a wave energy plant or a mine.
- Access to our best surf beaches hasn’t changed with the new marine parks. If you’ve been surfing at a particular spot every year, you can keep going there without having to change your plans.
Five ways to get the most out of your surf trip
- Pick a marine park and take a week to find the surf breaks. There are plenty of accommodation options available to you, ranging from beach camping through to designated camping grounds or the local caravan park. If you are considering camping on the beach, check the local council bylaws before you head out. Most of these breaks are isolated, with the exception of Cactus Beach, which has a designated camping area with toilets, freshwater and shaded areas.
- Take your snorkelling gear with you and enjoy the beauty under the waves.
- From November to March, the sea breezes kick in early in South Australia and can ruin the surf. Head over to the rocks, fish from the beach and catch your dinner every evening. Make sure you check it's not a sanctuary zone and know your catch limits and lengths. There is nothing better than fresh fish cooked over the coals on your own campfire.
- Camp under the stars. Surf during the day and enjoy the isolation of getting back to nature, or just stay in designated campgrounds.
- Prepare. If you are heading off the beaten track, make sure you have enough supplies to last for two days longer than your intended stay. You’ll need your own water, first aid kit, wind and sun shelter, plenty of food and maps.