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Top 5 Affordable Surf Camps in Australia & New Zealand

by Octavia Drughi

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Australia has a lot going for it. As one of the greatest surfing nations, wave riding has long been a part of its identity. What better place to learn to surf or take your skills up a notch than the country with one of the strongest surf cultures on the planet?

Australia is huge. With coasts facing all directions, the Down Under is exposed to a wide swell window. This translates to great consistency and an outstanding variety of waves for all levels and tastes, from mellow rollers to downright gnarly barrels. At any given time of the year, you’re bound to find quality surf somewhere in Australia.

And if money’s an issue, you’d be pleased to know that you can find budget-friendly surf camps in Australia that will enable you to do more of what you love.

From short escapades and weekend surf camps to longer stays, here are the top five affordable surf camps in Australia where you can have all the fun and expert tuition you desire, even on a tight budget:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.


3 Day Shaka Surf and Stay in Byron Bay, New South Wales


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: June till December
  • Price: From AUD 250

Are you looking for a weekend at the beach or a short surfing escapade that won’t break the bank? Join this highly rated surf camp in Byron Bay, the epicenter of surfing in northern New South Wales, and make new friends, immerse in the captivating nature, and ride the stunning waves. All from AUD 83 per day!

You’ll enjoy two four-hour surf lessons; you can choose to have them in the morning or in the afternoon. Each lesson includes warm-up, surf theory and practice on the beach, followed by hitting the waves.

Byron Bay is a surfer’s paradise, with over 15 beaches to choose from. The experienced instructors will take you to the best waves based on your level and the conditions of the day, and will tailor the program to suit your specific needs.

The hostel is located right in the center of town, only a half-minute walk from the iconic Main Beach. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning, the camp holds a one-hour yoga class on the rooftop terrace.

You’ll also benefit from free equipment hire throughout your stay. Make the most of your free time and grab a surfboard, paddleboard, snorkel gear, or bike to hit Byron Bay’s famous waves and explore Cape Byron, Australia’s easternmost point.

The package includes two breakfast boxes, discounts at the hostel’s bar, café, and restaurant, plus a free arrival beer at the rooftop bar.

» Plan an unforgettable surf trip. Find out all you need to know about surfing in Australia.


2 Day Surf & Stay Progressive Surf Lessons in Byron Bay


  • Skill level: Beginners and intermediates
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From AUD 295

Join one of the best learn-to-surf schools in the country, located in the surf town of Byron Bay, famous for its laidback hippie vibes. By day, you can explore the nearby beaches and ride some of the best waves in Australia. By night, you can visit the happening bars and clubs. 

A key part of the surfer lifestyle is having no worries. If you join this surf camp, all you need to do is get there and the instructors will take care of all the rest. Accommodation, all daily meals, transfer to the surf spots, bike and surfboard hire, and all the necessary surfing equipment are included in the package.

You’ll enjoy two surf lessons held at the best beaches with friendly waves in Byron Bay. The lessons are usually held in the morning. After that, you have plenty of time for yourself. You can try some of the free activities offered at the camp: bongo lessons, didgeridoo making, bush tucker walks, reiki workshops, volleyball, basketball. You can take advantage of the surfboard hire included in the package to score some waves outside the lessons. You can hop on a bike and explore the town and coastline. Or you can just chill by the pool.

» Wondering where to find the best waves? Read about the best surf spots in Australia.


3 Day Weekend Surf Camp in Thirroul, New South Wales


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From AUD 395

Dreaming of an intense surf weekend that won’t break the bank? For a real Aussie adventure, combine surfing with the pristine nature only an hour south of Sydney.

Thirroul, with its stunning surf beaches and beautiful national park surroundings, is one of the best places to learn to surf or improve your skills in New South Wales.

Stay at a beachfront accommodation only half a minute from the beach, on the northern end of the Wollongong city coastline. Nearby, over 20 pristine local beaches await, nestled between the Royal National Park and the ocean. The instructors will take you to the best ones for your level.

During your two days and two nights at the camp, you’ll enjoy four surf lessons tailored to your level. Each lesson will cover different theory elements. Surfboard and wetsuit hire, as well as daily breakfast, are included in the package. 



4 Day Fun Surf Camp in Whangamata, North Island


  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Availability: January till May
  • Price: From NZD 245

If you’re searching for a fun and comprehensive surfing program designed with the beginner in mind, look no further. This budget-friendly surf camp on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, in the North Island of New Zealand, promises a thrilling experience.

Using a progressive methodology, the instructors will give you a gentle introduction to the surfing world. You’ll learn about the equipment, ocean awareness, surfing etiquette, and safety tips. You’ll start out in the whitewater and, after you’ve covered the basics, you’ll progress to more advanced techniques so that you can start to surf on your own.

There will be two group surf lessons, with one instructor per six students. The surf lessons are held at the famous beach break in Whangamata, a great beginner surf spot thanks to its sandy bottom and friendly waves. 

» Not sure what to expect? Find out what you’ll learn on a surf camp for beginners.


4 Days Surf Camp in Fremantle, Perth


  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Availability: June till December
  • Price: From AUD 300

In search of beginner-friendly waves and quality surf tuition in Western Australia? This short surf camp in Fremantle covers all the basics and the instructors will make sure to get you up and riding the waves in no time. Or, if you have surfed before, they will work with you to improve your technique and take your skills to the next level. 

There will be three days of surfing lessons, plus extra time to ride the waves freely as the camp’s surfing equipment will be at your disposal.

You’ll stay in a small and homey hostel from where the instructors will take you to a variety of beginner-friendly surf spots near Perth. They’ll also take you to some secret spots where you can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of room to practice and improve without having to worry about the other people in the water.

*Cover image credit: Mojosurf Australia

Looking to learn to surf or take your wave riding skills to new heights? Join a surf camp in Australia and ride some of the world’s best waves!

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