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Aussie Surf Camp

Learn to surf in the best location on the East Coast

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Group Size: Avg 16 per lesson

Trip code: GSCA

Duration: 5 days

Original Surf Camp since 99
No surf experience necessary
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Nothing says ‘East Coast’ like surf camp, and this 5-day Surf Camp is the OG! You’ll enjoy 8 lessons on the pure white sands of 7-Mile Beach, learning the basics from standing on a board and dropping into waves, to rip speed and currents. Lessons are designed for beginner to intermediate surfers with advanced coaching techniques to get you surfing fast. With the best location on the East Coast, a super-sociable surf family vibe, and everything from meals and wetsuits to SPF and photos included during your stay, there’s no better way to learn. Spend your days riding the waves with the salt in your hair, and your nights hanging with your new mates – there’s no better feeling than this.

Trip Highlights

  • Refine your skills with 8 progressive 2-hour surf lessons with experienced, passionate instructors
  • Enjoy the best beginner surf conditions with long, peeling waves, lots of white water and water temperatures that rarely drop below 19 degrees!
  • Stay in cosy beach cabins in a beautiful national park, just moments from 7-Mile Beach
  • Spend your evenings playing games, taking sunset walks, and chilling with your new mates in our outdoor dining and recreation area
  • Keep the memories alive when you get home with free photos and a short highlights film of your time on Surf Camp
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What's included
  • 4 nights’ beach cabin accommodation
  • All meals
  • Return transfer from Sydney
  • 8 x 2 hour surf lessons
  • Experienced surf instructors
  • Friendly hospitality team
  • Rip Curl wetsuit hire
  • Bed linen
  • Custom designed beginner softboards
  • Sunscreen
  • Access to swimming pool
  • Entertainment area
  • Photos and highlight video of your stay
  • Rip Curl discounts
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Why choose our Surf Camp?

There are so many reasons to choose us for your surf experience. Here are just some of them:

  1. We’re the original and the best, helping you learn to surf since 1999.
  2. We’re the full package. You pay one price and everything is included once you’re here.
  3. We’ve got the best location on the East Coast. We don’t have the crowds of Byron and the Gold Coast, and the surf conditions are optimal for beginners. (Plus once you’ve picked up the basics, you can put your new skills into practice as you travel up the coast!)
  4. We’re a Surf Camp not a hostel, and we live like a surf family. Our staff socialise with our guests and you’ll be with the same people for the whole of your stay so you’ll really bond with the other surfers.

About the location

Surf Camp is based on 7-Mile Beach in a stunning national park. As the name suggests, the beach is around 7 miles long, making it one of the longer beaches in the region, and is known for its natural beauty with pristine white sand, lush vegetation, and spectacular sunsets over the Tasman Sea.

The beach offers ideal surf conditions for learning to surf, with a gradual incline that allows us to walk out into white wash waves for the first few lessons, before spending time in the ‘green waves’ later in the week.

The National Park is the perfect place to escape into nature with dense forest and tons of wildlife, from kookaburras to kangaroos.

Surf lessons

This programme includes 8 x 2 hour surf lessons across the 5 days. Lessons are progressive and designed for everybody from total beginners to more intermediate surfers.

Our fully qualified coaches use high-performance coaching techniques to help you to learn to surf fast. If you’re an intermediate surfer, you’ll have your technique analysed and corrected to improve your surfing in all conditions

Every day starts with a bit of theory before we head into the water. We cover all the basics upfront as well as more progressive techniques as we move through the week, including:

  • Standing on a board
  • Paddling
  • Dropping into waves & riding across them
  • Turning and speeding up
  • Rip speed and currents
  • Wave selection
  • Left and right breaking waves
  • Surf etiquette
  • Surfing conditions

There are 2 – 6 instructors on each lesson, including a head coach. We split into groups of maximum 16 with 2 instructors per group, so there’s an 8:1 ratio of surfers to instructors. The head coach usually takes the intermediate group.

Typical itinerary (Tues to Thurs)

  • Wake up to the sound of the waves
  • Breakfast outside (1 hour)
  • Put on wetsuits and have a 2-hour surf lesson
  • Rinse off and have buffet style lunch
  • Time to chill
  • Another 2-hour surf lesson
  • Rinse off and rest
  • Buffet style dinner
  • Activities and chill time

Monday is arrival day so there are no lessons until after lunch. Friday itinerary is breakfast followed by a 2-hour surf lesson, lunch, then back to Sydney in the afternoon, arriving about 5 - 6pm.

Our instructors

Our instructors are all passionate, experienced surfers. They are qualified lifeguards with a minimum Level 1 Foundation Surf Coaching, and are trained in first aid and CPR. You’ll find a mix of local, Aussie coaches (who tend to go home in the evening), and international staff (who stay on camp). 

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Arrival information

Arrivals are always on a Monday. We’ll pick you up outside Wake Up hostel in Sydney at 9am (arrive at 8.45am for sign in) and transfer you to the Surf Camp. During quieter times of year when there are groups of 30 or less, we travel to camp by train (train into Kiama then minibus). At busier times of year when groups are bigger you can choose whether you’d prefer to travel by private bus or train (ticket included). The camp is around 2 hours south of Sydney, half an hour from Wollongong.

We travel back to Sydney after lunch on Friday, arriving back in the city between 5 and 6pm.

Accommodation & meals
You’ll stay in our riverside beach cabins in the heart of the national park, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. Rooms are dorm style with 7 beds, and you can choose whether you want to stay in a single sex or mixed cabin when you arrive. All your bed linen is provided so you don’t need to bring any with you.  There are well-equipped, shared bathroom facilities with those all important hot showers for warming up after a long day in the surf. Private and twin rooms may be available on request. 
All our beach cabins have a porch for chilling on after a day in the surf, and there’s a shady outdoor dining and entertainment area with hammocks, picnic benches and games where you can gather with your mates during breaks from surfing and in the evening. There’s a large screen TV and stereo in the area and there’s always mellow music or surf movies playing. WiFi is limited in our facilities.
There’s a swimming pool on site, and a general store, internet and laundry facilities, so you’ve got everything you need right here. The small town of Gerroa is also nearby and has a cafe, post office, and bar with bottle shop. 
All your meals are provided while you’re on camp. Surfing makes you super hungry so our meals are healthy but hearty. Breakfasts tend to consist of cereal, toast (with Vegemite of course!), tea, coffee, and juice. Lunches are buffet style with burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Dinners usually involve a buffet with salad and fruit, and everything from BBQ chicken and sausages, steak, and chilli, to pasta bakes and spaghetti bolognese. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Just let us know in advance if you have a dietary requirement. 
Minimum age & eligibility

You must be 18 years old to take part in this trip. If you’re planning to work in Australia, you’ll need to be aged between 18 and 35.

British citizens can usually get an eVisitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which allows you to visit Australia as often as you wish within a 12-month period, and to stay up to 3 months each time.

If you plan to work while you’re in Australia you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To be eligible for a visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
  • Be aged 18-35 (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for
  • a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when you apply and when visa is granted
  • Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

You’ll need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this, please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate.)

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling.

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