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Surf Kangaroo Island's swells

Let yourself go: surfing on Kangaroo Island

Experience Kangaroo Island from your surfboard. See the wild side of one of South Australia’s two “National Landscapes”.

Surf's up!

Kangaroo Island is prized for its quality and quantity of uncrowded surf-breaks. From gentle swells in sheltered coves, to super-chilled reef and beach breaks all the way from Antarctica, you’ll often have the beach all to yourself.

Surfing, Kangaroo Island

On Kangaroo Island, Vivonne Bay is the surfing jewel and caters to all abilities.

Pick your location

There are five main surf bays here that are easily accessible with a four wheel drive and a map. You can download the Kangaroo Island surfing guide from the Tour Kangaroo Island website.

Vivonne Bay is our surfing jewel and suits all abilities. Wait for a north or north westerly wind and come and see what you can do with 6 kilometres of truly stunning beach. 

For experienced surfers
The sand banks and rocky points of Hanson Bay suit experienced surfers. It’s game-on when northerly winds blow in, and the fishing is always great.

The main beach at d’Estrees Bay is sheltered from the south-westerly swells and only when there is a big swell can you get waves on the beach. The main surfing breaks are located in the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park. Only experienced surfers should hit the swells here, as there are reef banks, channels and rips. Being very exposed to the Southern Ocean, occasional massive swells wrap around the reefs creating spectacular, but un-surfable, waves.

Popular beaches
Prepare to share the beach at popular Pennington Bay. Even on small wave days, beginners and advanced surfers will find something on the shallow sand banks.

Head to Stokes Bay, another great all-rounder beach. Unlike many northern bays, Stokes Bay needs southerly winds to get the best from its reef and beach breaks. If that’s what Mother Nature provides, then you’re in for a treat.

Walk among Kangaroos at Kangaroo Island's Stokes Bay

Surround yourself with a mob of friendly kangaroos on the clifftop overlooking beautiful Stokes Bay on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island.

The Kangaroo Island self-drive itinerary

Take your own car to Kangaroo Island by ferry or hire a car when you get there. See Kangaroo Island on a self-drive holiday.