Australia is blessed with quality waves, a wide range of coastal environments and conditions to suit any surfing experience, making it a surfers paradise. Find a surfing reserve near you.

How surfing reserves are classified?

Regional Surfing Reserves

  • Regional class quality waves

  • A place considered special by the local surfing community; all beaches with board riding clubs

  • Long term usage of the beach and wave environment from the local surfing community, including First Nations People, surf life-saving clubs and/or board riding clubs with significant history

    Using these criteria there could potentially be more than 100+ RSR’s in Australia, though they would only be dedicated if there were strong community support. There is presently one RSR in South Australia and one each pending in South Australia and New South Wales.

National Surfing Reserves

  • National class quality waves

  • A place considered sacred by the local and national surfing community

  • Long term usage of the beach and wave environment from the local and national surfing community, including First Nations People, surf life-saving clubs and/or board riding clubs

    There are presently 20 NSR’s: ten in NSW (+ one pending), four in Queensland, one in Victoria, two in South Australia and three in Western Australia.

World Surfing Reserves

  • World class quality waves

  • A place considered special by the local, national and international surfing community

  • Long term usage of the beach and wave environment from the local, national and international surfing community, including First Nations People, surf life-saving clubs and/or board riding clubs with significant history

    There are presently eleven WSR’s located in Portugal, California (2), Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Costa Rica, and three in Australia (Manly-Freshwater, Gold Coast and Noosa).

Acknowledgement of Country

National Surfing Reserves acknowledges Australia’s First Nations People; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been taking care of coastal and marine ecologies for more than more than 60,000 years. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging across Australia, and value the importance of our First People in the protection, preservation and sharing of surfing sites.