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1. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

My family is planning a trip down under June 2009. Since is winter then how realistic is that there will be good & warm surfing? What areas should I get to?

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Basically the further north the better. Anything south of Brisbane would be pretty cold at that time of year. As for specifically what beaches, Im not sure, but youre looking at north Queensland and north in Western Australia (but WA is quite remote).

Depends what you consider warm too, I mean crazy surfers still surf in Victoria in winter with a wetsuit etc, but I wouldnt recommend that!

3. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 8y

Western Australia great for surfing, but that time of the year I think it's cold, great swell though if you don't mind the weather. Queensland not that great for surfing....

4. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 8y

Queensland is not great for surfing because the Great Barrier Reef stops most of the waves from reaching the beach. Byron Bay area in northern New South Wales might be warm enough and it's supposed to be good for surfing.

Not sure about Western Australia, down south it will be cold for surfing, and up north I'm not sure what the waves are like, when I was in Broome they weren't great, far too small for any decent surfing.

5. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 8y

I think the verdict is not great time of the year for surfing....
North not good for it and south cold.......
But like mentioned many people don't mind the cold and get the best winter swell.

6. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

Thank you all for your responses. Perhaps if srufing is the key activity I will have to suggest Hawaii in June or come in December.

7. Posted by ShaneHill1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

June is generally when its the coolest, however its still not that cold.

A few people have mentioned WA, however even in further north as far up as Kalbarri the water is still cold, plus the majority of surf is for experienced surfers only. These places are also very remote.

The east coast is generally going to be warmer. Sydney temperatures normally get down to about 16 Degrees Celsius, however with a good wetsuit this is very manageable, this is evident as on any given day there is always several people surfing at each beach. If you are learning a good you may like to look at visiting a surf school, as they will provide all the equipment including a good wetsuit.

Further up the coast there are thousands of other great surf spots, again there are plenty of great surf schools. Byron bay and the Gold Coast would be good places to surf.

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