WHEN hitting the waves Down Under, finding a top surf town on an Australian road trip in your campervan rental serves up a magical mix: a great caravan park to plonk your camper for a few days, a beach boasting some of the best waves in the world, friendly natives, great food haunts and cool pubs where you can brag about that monster wipeout you survived over a couple of cold beers.
The east coast of Australia is lined with hundreds of the best surf locations and the best place to start your journey is after you’ve collected your Sydney campervan rental for a steal of a deal through DriveNow. Whether you head north or south, there’s a beach town with your name on it. Try these three for size:
The stunning views of Ulladulla’s Headland Tourist Park is your port of call, a three-hour cruise down the Princes Hwy/National Route 1 from Sydney and a town bursting with life as the gateway to the southern coast region of NSW. Hang 10: Mollymook Beach, beautiful sheltered spots at either end. The experienced surfers head to Golf Course Reef, or those who dare to head for Ulludulla Bommie to the south.
About three hours in the other direction from Sydney and hugging the coastline you’ll bump into the tourist hub of Port Stephens, with Soldier’s Point Holiday Park a neat kind of place to set up camp. There are several surf spots, including Fingal Bay (the spit at the north end gets some decent waves) and Birubi Beach in Anna Bay.
Byron Bay is a whopper nine-hour road trip on the National Route 1 from Sydney but well worth the effort if you’re after a cosmopolitan, happening little town with awesome beaches. Park your wheels at Clarke’s Beach Holiday Park – beachfront sites from only $55 – and is walking distance to world-famous beaches including Main Beach, The Pass and Wategos Beach. After you hit the waves, head into town for some great cheer and beer at one of Australia’s best pubs, the Byron Bay Beach Hotel. Great pub grub, too.