With beaches that stretch almost as far as the eye can see and surf breaks that include some of Australia’s most iconic, the Sunshine Coast offers an ideal backdrop for mastering the art of surfing.

In fact, Noosa in particular holds an important place in Australia’s surfing history and has long been regarded as one of the best venues in the country for surfers, courtesy of its wide variety of picturesque breaks.

From the rolling swell of Noosa to the wide-open waves of King’s Beach, here are the top spots and schools to learn to surf on the Sunshine Coast.


Quite simply, the Sunshine Coast features a stunning variety of beaches, with Noosa arguably at the top of the list.

Since the late 1950s, Noosa has been a focal point of both national and international surfing and is widely regarded as the first place a surfboard was used in Queensland.

Since then, its popularity has grown, with Main Beach, Little Cove, First Point, Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay, and Alexander Bay all offering sensational swell suited to varying abilities.

The reason for Noosa’s enduring popularity is its relatively protected north facing location. Year round it tends to offer rotund, yet soft, gentle waves that are ideal for learning to surf.

Meanwhile, the natural backdrop of white beaches and pristine waters is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

For those seeking their first experience surfing, Little Cove offers a scenic destination and generally easy waves. But if you’re looking for some pro assistance, Main Beach is a great place to start.

Here, a host of surf schools run all year round. Accessed from the Noosa Woods, they are found near the Rock Wall on Main Beach.

Schools of note include:

The open beaches

From Sunshine Beach right through to Caloundra, the open beaches offer superb swell, but conditions can be more challenging and treacherous for those new to the sport of surfing.

If you’re looking to learn to surf on an open beach, Coolum offers the perfect environment. The beach here is wide and flat and located adjacent a park and shopping precinct.

Coolum Surfing School is the go-to surf school in this location, offering long board and short board surf lessons, with all equipment provided.

Further south, the surfing culture is also well and truly alive in Maroochydore, where accredited coaches at Maroochy Surf School takes advantage of quintessential Queensland surf locations like Maroochydore Beach and Mooloolaba.

Meanwhile, stunning Alexandra Headland also gets a look-in courtesy of XL Surfing Academy, who offer private classes, group classes and school holiday programs.


Like Noosa, the southern end of the Sunshine Coast is renowned for its surf culture and the Caloundra region serves up rolling breaks in spades.

From Dicky Beach to Happy Valley and Currimumdi, the southern beaches offer a variety of aspects that ensure there’s always suitable conditions to be found which are perfect for beginners.

Taking full advantage of this variety is Caloundra Surfing School, who take the pick of the beaches to host their surf schools on any given day.

About Noosa Quays

Located within walking distance of the Noosa River, Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound.

Within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.