85 Days Surf Camp in Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia

85 Days Surf Camp in Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia

  • Beach Motel, Thirroul, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Australia Surf Camp

Joining a surf camp with Australian Surf Tours is a great way to learn to surf or improve your level in a more intensive way, while also keeping free time for other activities. The instructors are all experienced, certified, and very friendly, covering everybody's skill level. Enjoy what it's like to live your dreams and take in all the fun that comes with life on this exciting surf holiday.

Highlights

  • Video correction sessions
  • Professional surf coaches
  • Daily surf and fitness sessions
  • Climb Illawarra Escarpment
  • 84 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • Visit a surfboard factory
  • 84 days with instruction
  • English
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The Beach Motel is aptly named and positioned as it is right across the road from one of the best surfing beaches in the area, Thirroul Beach. The rooms, which are beautifully renovated for the surf camps, have a maximum of three occupants. They have private bathrooms, kitchenettes, and a fridge so you can chill your beer.

The rooms are all serviced twice weekly during your stay with beddings and new towels. There is a common room with pool table, TV (loads of surf videos), and a general place to hang, and being so close to town, you will always have somewhere to explore.

This twelve-week surf development course has been designed purely with the progression of an individual's surfing in mind. You will feel the whole surfing experience as you immerse yourself in the ocean, the skill, and the lifestyle. The program covers the skills required in the developmental phases of surfing for beginner and intermediate surfers as well as oceanography, meteorology, and surf science so you can fully understand the ocean.

During your stay with Australian Surf Tours, you will most certainly become a surfer experiencing all the adventures of life on the beach. You will make new friends, totally develop your surfing, change your opinion on life, and even start on a new career path.

Join the program to:

  • Be challenged daily by the coaches and by different waves and conditions.
  • Enjoy the freedom of living right on the beach in a small surfing community with amazing waves at your fingertips and all the fun that goes with it.
  • Have weekends off to explore the Australian coastline, cities, and countryside or simply surf out the front of the college.
  • Improve your surfing fitness and performance through three weekly fitness sessions.
  • Learn about surfboard design and how to shape.
  • Learn how to read the ocean and weather conditions and the overall science of surfing.
  • Learn more about your strengths and weaknesses as a surfer and focus on them.
  • Make amazing new friends and have the time of your life.
  • Surf everyday with a qualified surf instructor to maximize your development.
  • Visit national parks, swim under huge waterfalls, and climb mountains.
  • Work on your technique with skateboarding drills and video correction through riding a variety of boards and waves.
  • Climb Illawarra Escarpment
  • Visit a surfboard factory
  • Elliott Binkins

    Local Kiama Rippa Elliott is one of AST's surf instructors. Having competed in the pro juniors for four years, he's not short of experience! You'll often see him having a cheeky surf before and after lessons.

  • Evan Gee

    Local surf guru Evan, some say he has spent 95% of his life in the ocean and he solely survives on a diet of seaweed and marine life washed down with some frothy barrels. As everyone knows, he is the Geeman!

This surf development course will be held across the Illawarra region on some of the most breathtaking beaches with amazing waves. You will stay in the seaside town of Thirroul at the Beach Motel which is located in the town center and directly across the road from the beach.

Thirroul is 71 kilometers south of central Sydney or a one hour and 15 minutes train trip or an hour drive. There are three different beaches that you can surf depending on conditions at Bulli Beach, North Wollongong, and the National Surfing Reserve, The Farm.

Surf locations

Bendalong

Around 220 kilometers drive South of Sydney, on New South Wales' pristine South Coast region, and hidden by a highway and a mountain range is the beautiful little seaside village of Bendalong. It takes about three hours by car, a little more by bus, and about four weeks, if you want to walk. It is known by most Sydney-siders who surf but unknown to others.

What gives Bendalong its charm is the fact that it's so close to Sydney; however, barely anyone goes there. It’s surrounded by a national park to the west so there is much Australian Wildlife and to the east. It has six most beautiful beaches with epic waves. Bendalong is stuck out in the ocean on a peninsula used to be called "red head."

To the north, there is the tranquil beach called Washerwomans that is absolutely perfect for learning. South of the point is Bendalong main beach which has perfect a-frame style beach that breaks right along it and catches almost every piece of swell that the ocean dishes up. Further south again, three minutes drive, is undeniably the most beautiful beach of all.

Conjola Beach sits at the entrance of Lake Conjola which glistens on sunset and is a beach break for all levels. But the main attraction at this location is Green Island which is a 500-meter long left-hand point break. Ond of the south coast's hidden treasures, it has perfect walls that seemingly run forever.

Bulli Beach

Bulli Beach is on the Northern end of the Wollongong City coastline. It’s only about an hour drive south of central Sydney making it a perfect destination for a trip out of the city. Driving south along the Grand Pacific Drive, you can get a glimpse of the beautiful coastline, stop, have some lunch at best pub Scarborough Hotel, and sit on beautiful Bulli Beach.

Coming from the south, it's only about 15 minutes drive from Wollongong City center making it a perfect beach to escape the crowds. Looking to the west, you will see a beautiful cliff top escarpment where you will often see the "crazy" jumping off with hang-gliders.The surrounding point breaks make for a big surf scene in the area. There is also a beautiful tourist park right on the beach for anyone who wants to stay a bit longer.

To top it all off, Bulli Surf Life Saving Club is one of Australia’s strongest clubs with over 600 members who help maintain a safe playground for all beach users. With surrounding parks, a couple of lovely cafes with Ruby’s and Bulli Beach Cafe, and a bike and skate walkway the length of the beach, it's the perfect place to spend a day with a surf lesson included.

North Wollongong Beach

Welcome to Wollongong City’s premier beach location. Situated in the heart of Wollongong, North Wollongong Beach, and North Beach surrounded by cafes, parks, bars, and restaurants.They are an ideal location for anyone seeking some sunshine and a day at the beach. There are a bike track and a walking path that runs along the ocean and are great for a few people watching.

There are free barbecue facilities, wading pools, and rock pools. There are great waves. Apart from the surrounding delights, there are a chilled vibe, plenty of free parking, and an excellent surf school. North Wollongong Beach is amazing.

The Farm

They are no cows on this farm. There used to be, though, which is how this beach got its name. The old farm that used to be here is now called Killalea State Park and the only history that can be seen are a few foundations of barns from a bygone era that used to stand here.

While past surfers used to make the trek to the old farm and pay 20 cents at the gate to get in, it is now hidden from the road by a large housing estate that anyone can get to. Managed by State Parks, it is a beautiful mix of manicured grassland, lagoons, rolling hills, a campsite, and two sensational surf beaches.

One of these beaches is called "The Farm," for obvious and recently explained reasons. Another is called "Mystics" aptly named after the fogs that roll over the cliffs in winter time from which mystical and perfect waves appear.

While mystics is strictly for advanced surfers only due to its incredible power and thick hollow barrels, "The Farm" has a much more forgiving set-up and presents beautiful lines of swell and turns them into peaks right down the beach. The south end has the main break for the more advanced, but only a five-minute walk up to the north end will give you long shallow rolling waves which are perfect for beginners.

Nearby places

  • Sydney - 1 hour
  • Wollongong - 15 minutes
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
General
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Board rental

Daily breakfast is included in the price. You will be served a continental breakfast everyday with tea, coffee, fruit, cereals, bacon, eggs, and toast so you'll have the energy to surf for hours. The Beach Motel is also located just two minutes walk to a supermarket where you can get what you need for the rest of the day.

For dinner, there are a number of restaurants and pubs around the town or there is the Beach Motel restaurant and bar which serves beautiful food. As an Australian Surf Tours student, you will be given great discounts.

  • Explore the Australian coastline, cities, and countryside
  • Visit national parks, swim under huge waterfalls, and climb mountains
  • 2 weekly theory sessions
  • 3 weekly surf specific fitness sessions
  • 5 weekly surf lessons
  • 84 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon activities to show you the local area
  • AST welcome pack
  • Choice of three different surfing locations for surf lessons
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily weekday surf sessions and fitness sessions
  • Full use of Australian Surf Tours' surfboards and wetsuits
  • Monday evening free welcome barbecue
  • Visit to a working surfboard factory and the chance to shape your own
  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sydney Airport (SYD).

Arrival by train

From Sydney Central Station, take the train going to Thirroul Station. Please inform Australian Surf Tours of the time of your arrival and one of their surf coaches will pick you up and show you the town of Thirroul on your way to the beach motel.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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