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South Coast Weekend Surf Camp

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Go on the ultimate Aussie surfing weekend just a few hours south of Sydney!

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  • Small-group lessons with passionate professional instructors
  • Beautiful beachside camping a few hours south of Sydney
  • See kangaroos, parrots, stingrays and experience beach life

What we'll do

Join Australian Surf Tours on a real Aussie surfing adventure on the South Coast!

Departing Sydney on a Friday evening, you'll head south to one of NSW’s most beautiful surf spots. You'll camp out under the stars surrounded by wildlife, surf uncrowded beaches and make friends that last a lifetime. This is a real learn to surf experience that will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to surf confidently by yourself.

The weekend includes 3 x 2-hour progressive learn to surf lessons that include everything from board design, correct positioning, paddling, catching waves, timing and getting to your feet. For those who learn quickly or have surfed before you will progress through to turning your surfboard and basic manoeuvres. On top of surfing, you'll have a wildlife experience to remember! Feed giant stingrays by hand, pat kangaroos, surf with dolphins and interact with playful possums and parrots! You'll also go swimming in crystal clear natural rockpools, eat fresh oysters from the rocks and maybe catch an octopus or two. 

A weekend of surfing with Australian Surf Tours will have you begging for more!

What to know

  • Tour days: Departs every Friday (except in winter)
  • Price includes: 
    • 2 day, 2 night weekend surf camp
    • All camping equipment, sleeping bag etc provided
    • All meals (2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner plus snacks)
    • 3 x 2-hour progressive surf lessons
    • Experienced and knowledgeable professional instructors
    • All surf equipment and wetsuit/rash shirt
    • Guided bushwalks and activities
    • Wildlife feeding
    • Return transport from Sydney
  • Language: Tour is given in Australian (kind of like English)
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting mostly of young travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 8 people with 1 instructor. Total participants on the surf camp fluctuate based on the time of year. 
  • Age range: Most participants are in their 20s and 30s but everyone is welcome!
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.

About your guides

Australian Surf Tours is a small learn to surf and surf guiding business. It was established in 2008, by two friends who love to surf. Australian Surf Tours is the number-one-rated surf camp operator in Sydney.

This weekend surf camp is based 3 hours south of Sydney in a beautiful location surrounded by world-class surf spots and more Australian wildlife than you will see anywhere outside a zoo. Everyone is welcome at Australian Surf Tours. You will never forget this surf camp experience!

    Frequently asked questions

    • What should I bring? A small backpack, sunglasses, hat, swimwear, warm jumper and a raincoat (for cold nights), water bottle, beach towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, power bank (limited charging points). Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure! You're welcome to bring alcohol or snacks. No need to bring a sleeping bag or other camping equipment, this is all provided.
    • Where do we start and finish? Your tour starts and finishes in Sydney. You'll meet and be returned to outside Wake Up Hostel on 814 George Street, close to Central Station.
    • How long does the tour go for? Tour departs from Sydney on Friday at 5:00 pm and finishes in Sydney on Sunday at 7:00 pm.
    • What days does the tour operate? Tours depart every Friday, returning Sunday.
    • What meals are included? All meals are included - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner plus snacks.
    • Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
    • Can I bring alcohol? Yes, you're welcome to BYO (bring your own).
    • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour, provided you're over 18! While most travellers are in the 20s and 30s, all ages are welcome and there are regularly a few older guests.
    • How many people in the tents? The tents are 5-person tents, but you'll only have 2 people in them, to guarantee maximum comfort. You'll also not be sleeping on the ground but on specially made comfortable camping beds. All bedding including sleeping bags is included to make your camping experience feel like sleeping in a hotel.
    • I can't swim. That wasn't really a question, was it? You need to be able to confidently swim on your own to take part in this surf camp. Some upper body strength is also required, as surfing can be a physically demanding sport.
    • What if the weather is bad? Will my tour be cancelled? This trip goes out in all types of weather, provided it is safe to do so. If the tour operator cancels for any reason you will be given a refund or credit to join the tour on another weekend.

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations made 7 days or more before the tour starts will incur a $20 fee.
    • No cancellations can be made within 7 days of the activity. 
    • Surf lessons will not be cancelled due to rain. Surf lessons may be cancelled if the conditions are deemed to be dangerous, or if the surf is too small to run a class.
    • You will be given a refund or credit if your surf camp is cancelled.
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      Weekend surf camp

      Had a lot of fun learning to ride waves, swimming in the rock pools and watching an incredible sunset. Matt + Zac were great hosts and surf instructors. Everything was convenient as transport, meals and the camp ground were managed by AST. The location is stunning!

      Amazing experience

      ( I did the Easter surfcamp) Bendalong is beautiful. The surfcamp is very well organised. The teachers are kind and helpful and there is a really good vibe. We surfed with dolphins! The food was really good too, and always ready ( thanks Heather!) I will definitely recommend it


      I had a great time during the easter camp. The surfing lessons were fun and focused on technical skills. The instructors gave very good tips and had a lot of patience. And the chefs have made delicious food!

      awesome easter week end

      first real Australian activity since my arrival. it was an awesome easter week end with 6 surf lessons, a wonderful place with nice beaches, kangaroos and birds. the food was really tasty and the coaches are really goods, they gave us a lot of tips to learn how to surf. it was one of the best experience of my life. thanks guys

      Best weekend evah

      I book for a weekend Surf camp with these guys. It was amazing from the beginning till the end ! The camp is "wow", 1 min walk to beautiful beach Bendalong (in my top 3 beaches here in Australia), kangaroos and birds everywhere, we slept very well, great food, the team is so nice and so friendly. We had three surf lessons and the coaches are really good, and it's really nice to have a photographer ! I got much more than i expected from this trip, Best way to learn surf in Sydney but definitely too short, i want to go back ! Cheers to the loving team