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Surfing Near Brisbane

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Surfing Near Brisbane

Hello, I'm going to study for a semester at University of Queensland in Brisbane, and was wondering if there are any good surfing spots in a near distance from the city, so I wouldn't have to go to either Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. I know the surfing is probably better up there, but it would be nice to have a place where I could surf near Brisbane, because it's a pretty long way to go to any of the other 2 spots.

Brisbane, Australia
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1. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

The answer is a definite no. Gold and Sunny Coasts are your only surfing options, as the coastline around Brisbane is the waters of the sheltered Moreton Bay.

There's a bit of surf on the western side of Bribie Island or North Stradbroke Island, but not as easy to get to.

Brisbane, Australia
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2. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

Brisbane is not actually near the coast ... it's at least an hours drive north or south to the beach.

Brisbane, Australia
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3. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

Have a look at a map and see those two big islands of Moreton and Stradbroke. They kind of break up the waves a bit. It's called Moreton 'bay' for a reason. Anywhere the ocean directly meets the land is where the surf is. you'll be spoilt for choice when you get here.

Brisbane, Queensland
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4. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

UQ has a surf club that might interest you. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming activities. m.facebook.com/UQSurfers

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5. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

Bribie Island is probably the closest, but getting there without a car can be a PITA - train to Caboolture and then a 1 hour bus ride to Woorim surf beach (which is on the East not west coast of the island. The west side is Pumicestone Passage which has no surf at all)

Gold Coast is the easiest to get to.

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

All about surf with cams at beaches


Brisbane, Australia
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7. Re: Surfing Near Brisbane

Actually, the surf side of Bribie is just as far as getting to Surfers Paradise or Caloundra. My pick would be to head to Caloundra, because it is on a headland, and if the surf is not good on the Eastern facing beaches, it can be ok at Kings Beach or Moffat Beach.


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