With a surfing history dating back to the 1920s, when the sport was still in its infancy, Phillip Island has long been a Victorian favourite of grommets (beginners) and seasoned board riders alike. Declared a National Surfing Reserve in recognition of its quality surf breaks and pristine environment, Phillip Island offers four sites along its coast: Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay.
Boasting big wave conditions, left and right breaks, as well as plenty of small, consistent waves that are suitable for learners the island's beaches are home to a vibrant local surfing community of all ages and skill levels. So hit the water and learn new skills, get in some practice, or test your mettle out in the big swells.
A favourite of locals and visiting surfers, Woolamai has a number of quality beach breaks stretching from Magic Lands to Forrest Caves and is at its best when the swell is at 0.5 to 2 metres with a south-east to north-west wind.
Head down to the eastern end of Woolamai beach for right and left breaks, protected from the sea breezes, which makes it good for afternoon surfing.
Second car park or Clubhouse
Another right or left beach break, opposite the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club.
First car park or Anzacs
Located opposite the first car park at Woolamai, this beach break has right and left breaks.
Make your way 150 metres east of the Colonnades/Ocean Reach access point to find the beach break peeling right and left.
Ocean Reach or Airport Reef
Opposite the access stairs to the Colonnades/Ocean Reach beach, this beach break has right and left breaks.
Opposite the Forrest Caves car park boasting right and left breaks.
Enjoy big wave barrelling at Express Point, a challenging reef break on Phillip Island or settle into the mellower waves found at Smiths Beach and YCW Beach. Smiths Beach and Beachcomber Beach are popular with surf schools and beginners because of the consistent waves and flat sand bottom.
With best conditions during autumn and winter, this right–only reef break works on a mid to high tide.