TripAdvisor names the top-rated surfing lessons around Australia
Eight surf schools that will have you hitting the waves before winter reaches.
With over 50,000 km of coastline, Aussies are lucky to have more than our fair share of beautiful beaches, bays and inlets. We’re often recognised for having some of the world’s best beaches and tourists from all over love to try out one of the most typical Aussie sports - surfing.
With summer dwindling before our eyes, now is the perfect time to get into surfing and explore a whole new side of Australia. To help you get up on your feet quickly, TripAdvisor has put together a list of the top-rated surfing lessons in Australia as rated by its users.
Located at iconic surfing spots around the country, these surf schools all rank highly and newcomers to the sport will be able to pair professional surf instruction with a fun beach getaway.
TripAdvisor's top-rated surfing lessons around Australia
Reefs 2 Beach Surf School – Agnes Water, QLD
Known for its cheap-as-chips $17 surf lesson, Reef 2 Beach has been running for over 13 years and offers terrific value in a small town located at the start of the Great Barrier Reef.
Get Wet Surf School – Main Beach, QLD
This surf school on the Gold Coast offers a 100% "stand up" guarantee on your first lesson and is located just five minutes from lively Surfers Paradise.
Let's Go Surfing – Bondi, NSW
A variety of surf courses are offered at this friendly school, from intro lessons for complete beginners up to a six-week course for adults looking to get serious about learning to surf and even a women-only course.
Soul Surf School – Byron Bay, NSW
As a mobile surf school, Soul Surf aims to find the best and safest waves daily. Byron Bay’s beaches are considered some of the best in Australia for learning because you practice in waist-deep water with easy to ride small waves.
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours – Torquay, VIC
Specialising in full days learning to surf with lunch on the beach followed by even more surfing, heaps of coaching and tips from experienced surf coaches. A great way to pair surfing with a trip along the Great Ocean Road.
Go Ride a Wave Torquay – Torquay, VIC
Torquay is often considered the surf capital of Australia with world famous Bells Beach just around the corner. Go Ride a Wave specialises in daily beginner surf lessons and also cater to surfers with special needs.
Margaret River Surf School – Margaret River, WA
Margaret River beaches and national parks are known for being some of the most pristine in the world and the Margaret River Surf School offers a large variety of surf lessons and programs to suit all ages and ability levels including kids surf programs.
Scarborough Beach Surf School – Scarborough, WA
In operation since 1986, this surf school lays claim to being “the oldest surf school in the world” so you know you’re in for some solid lessons. It offers a minimum of two hours practice in the water per lesson and discounts for multiple lessons.