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Arrawarra - // Australia's surfing coast //

The 1km stretch of Arrawarra Beach faces northeast, so it’s exposed to the summer nor’easter but nicely protected from hefty south swells and southerly winds. The beach offers nice spilling waves that are ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers.

Arrawarra Point overlooks Solitary Islands Marine Park, which offers some of the best scuba diving in NSW (dive companies operate out of Coffs Harbour) as well as fishing and whale-watching.

There are two family-oriented camping/cabin/caravan resorts at Arrawarra, while the region’s largest town, Coffs Harbour, about a 25 minute drive south, has a huge range of accommodation, dining and recreation options.

When the North Coast swell is really up, Arrawarra is about the only place in the area that has learner-friendly waves, but it also holds the most size out the back, generally big left-handers. Arrawarra Point has a renowned long-board break, a lovely slow rolling right-hander that can line up for hundreds of metres on the right day.

Getting there:
Arrawara is six hours’ drive north of Sydney. You can also fly from Sydney to Coffs Harbour airport, which is about a 45 minute drive from Arrawarra.

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