Surfing: where to go if you’re a beginner

Try these Queensland breaks (beaches) if you’re a kook (beginner) who needs to practise on ankle slop (small waves).

Starting out surfing can be daunting – especially if the waves are huge and there’s a massive lineup of experienced surfers vying for the good breaks. Luckily, there are many beaches in Queensland with small whitewater swells where beginners can practise safely and away from the crowds. Surfnation has compiled a map of every beginner-friendly beach in Australia, and some of the Queensland highlights are listed below.

Agnes Water Beach: The most northerly surf break on Australia’s east coast. The water’s always warm, with gentle waves breaking along the full length of the beach.

Alexandra Headland: This popular Sunshine Coast beach suits beginners who have already found their feet and want to try their skills on green waves. It’s rare to be alone here, so make sure to show proper etiquette to other surfers.

Broadbeach: There’s more than enough room for beginner surfers to practise on this Gold Coast beach, but beware of the rips and gutters.

Bulcock Beach: The large sandbar at the northern end of this Sunshine Coast beach creates small whitewater waves that are perfect for beginners, particularly at low tide.

Currumbin Inlet: If the conditions are right, a broad sandbar should form on the southern side of the inlet, beside the rocks. The whitewater waves will suit beginners, but watch out for strong currents.

Nielsen Park Beach: Located just outside of Bundaberg, this beach is a popular spot for the local surfing community. Check the weather report before heading there, as summer winds can make conditions unpleasant.

Noosa Main Beach: While this popular beach can be crowded with tourists plunging into the large, dumping waves, beginner surfers can usually find small waves between the breakwalls further north along the beach.

Woorim Beach: This beach on Bribie Island is protected from big swells by nearby Moreton Island.

If you’re not quite ready to try the waves, you can always get out on the water on a stand-up paddle board.