australia's surfing coast

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Umina - // Australia's surfing coast //

This 1.5km length of white sand beach, incorporating Ocean Beach and Umina, faces almost due south, hemmed in at one end by Box Head and the other by Middle Head. A quirky trait at Umina is that the water tends to be a bit warmer in summer and a lot colder in winter than neighbouring Avoca and Terrigal due to its proximity to the Hawkesbury River.

Umina mostly produces a gentle beach break with shallow water going out a long way. Despite sometimes variable surf, Umina has a knack for churning out quality surfers: ASP World Qualifying Series regulars Dave Neilson, Drew Courtney and Glenn “Micro” Hall all hail from these waters.

A fixture of daily life at Umina is the group of “beach elders” who congregate every morning in front of the surf lifesaving club. Known locally as “the table of knowledge”, what they don’t know about water, wind and wave conditions isn’t worth knowing.

Umina has a diverse community with a large number of rental accommodation down on the flats and millionaires-row overlooking Brisbane Water. The caravan park at the south end of the beach is a huge draw for families during school holidays.

Getting there:
Umina Beach is 85km north of Sydney, about 90 minutes’ drive.

Learn to surf schools:
Central Coast Surf School
Gosford City Surf School

Things to see and do in the local area