Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.

Greetings from down under where the surfing season is in full swing, as we continue our journey around the country. It forms part of a lifestyle in which millions of Australians participate, the joy of surfing is for a lifetime.

Western Australia.  In Perth, surf the powerful waves of Trigg Island or the clean ocean curves of Scarborough or Cottesloe beaches on nearby Rottnest Island, Strickland Bay is one of many surfing gems. In Margaret River, paddle out with the surfing elite at Surfers Point or tackle the monster swells at The Box, North Point, Smiths and Three Bears. Further south, you will find ten foot waves at Yallingup Reef and two-handers in Grace town, in Esperance, the excellent waves are created by hundreds of Islands and reefs. North of Perth, Kalbarri, Geraldton and Exmouth are home to just some of the awe-inspiring breaks lining the coast to Ningaloo Reef.

Margaret River- Yallingup marks the beginning of the famed Margaret River Winery, where wine enthusiasts and “waxheads” (Board Riders) have converged in equal numbers with several breaks that range from mild to monstrous depending on the swell. Yallingup is considered the best all-round surfing destination on Australia’s West Coast. Further south, Prevelly Park is the heart of serious  surfing territory, where swells up to six metres get spun into perfect barrels across the treacherous offshore reef. This is no place for beginners or the faint-of-heart, “Surfers Point” at Prevelly even attracts the big-name big-wave fanatics from the U.S. and Hawaii and it’s one of the few places in Australia where board riders wear helmets and nobody laughs at them.

img_2492South Australia. It is a short drive from Adelaide to the surf beaches of The Fleurieu Peninsular. You will find reef and beach breaks from Christies to Sellicks in the centre, and huge swells in the south from Goolwa to Parsons. Kangaroo Island offers beginner beach breaks at Stokes, Vivonne and Pennington Bays, with fearsome waves at Hanson and D’Estree Bays. You can ride waves on the International Surfing stage in Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsular. On the vast Eyre Peninsula, learn to surf at Venus Bay or tackle the legendary breaks of Cactus Beach. The Limestone coasts surf spots, such as Robe, Beachport and Cape Douglas stretch all the way to Victoria.

Tasmania. Paddle out at Park and Clifton Beaches near Hobart or venture further to Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. On windswept Bruny Island, you can brave the big breaks at Cloudy Bay or carry your board through the World Heritage to South Cape Bay. On the Northern coast, the huge swell is a gift from the Bass Strait. Try Tam O’Shanter North-East of Launceston or the Mersey Mouth at Devenport. Marrawah is Tasmania’s westernmost settlement and home to its biggest surf. Pull on your wetsuit and throw yourself onto the huge southern ocean swells.

img_2543It doesn’t matter where you are in Australia surfing is available, throughout the whole year, golden beaches and sunshine abounds.   Surfing was brought to Australia in 19l5 by Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku. He demonstrated this ancient technique at Freshwater- Harbord in Sydney, N. S. W.  In l956 a team of U.S.A. Lifeguards introduced Malibu Boards to Australia, and in the 1960s Bob McTavish invented the V-Bottom surfboard, which is considered instrumental to the development of short board surfing. Australia has produced multiple World Champions over the years, one of the most successful being Mick Fanning holding the current number one spot in the surfing ranks.

Australia is “The Lucky Country” when it comes to surfing. It is the largest Island in the world with 12,500 kilometres of coastline and a large proportion of it being surf able.

Here at Shelly Beach the surf is high and the temperature is rising. The birds are feasting well and Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is enjoying life. My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady” Wallis the Woman I Love” and “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain” are available on Amazon and Xlibris and my website

Cheers. Patricia.