australia's surfing coast

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Old Bar

Old Bar - // Australia's surfing coast //

Old Bar faces nearly due east so it picks up any available swell but has little protection from wind and waves from all directions. There is not much topography to speak of but the beach still offers some excellent sand bottom breaks while, offshore, Old Bar Reef is capable of shaping larger swells into something special.

Being an exposed beach has made Old Bar a favourite with kite-boarders, who congregate here in numbers when the wind is blowing cross-shore. At the south end of Old Bar is Saltwater or Wallabi Point, which shapes a long right-hand point-break on its northern flank as well as a tidy beach break that’s completely protected from southerly winds.

Around the corner on the south side of the headland is a lagoon that’s popular with families and kids for swimming and fishing. The headland offers good protections so this is also the spot to grab a wave when the summer northeaster is in.


Getting there:
Old Bar is 315 north of Sydney, about four hours’ drive. You can also fly Sydney to Taree airport, which is about a 15 minute drive to Old Bar.

Learn to surf school:
Saltwater Surf School

Things to see and do in Old Bar