Yorke Peninsula's surf is rapidly becoming well known on the world stage with many major surfing and body boarding competitions held here.
The southwest corner of Yorke Peninsula is one of Australia's great surfing drawcards. It boasts a number of excellent surfing spots to suit board riders of every skill level. If you enjoy surfing, you will love surfing the beaches of Pondalowie Bay, Daly Head and Berry Bay.
In 2013, Daly Head became the first dedicated National Surfing Reserve on Australia's southern coast, cementing its place as a word class surfing destination.
Try one of the local surfing spots below, or learn to surf with Neptune’s Surf Coaching.
Medium surf – Waves generally to 2 metres or more. Breaking either on sandy bottom or on reef.
Heavy surf – Waves are above 2 metres. Breaking on rock or reef and subject to strong undercurrents.
Chinaman's - Innes National Park
Heavy surf - A hollow, very powerful left-hand reef break of excellent quality, complete with hair-raising take-offs and a sharp, shallow ledge - definitely for experienced riders only.
Best time: low to medium tide with north or north-westerly winds.
Ethel Wreck - Innes National Park
A summer break only. Fickle but can be good. Usually a powerful right-hander up to 2 metres.
Best time: low to medium tide with north-easterly winds.
West Cape - Innes National Park
Heavy surf - A left (occasionally right-handed) beach break of up to 2 metres.
Best time: north or northwest winds and low to medium tide.
Pondalowie Bay - Innes National Park
Medium surf - Very good quality combination beach and reef break.
Richards - Innes National Park
Medium surf - About 250 metres north of the main break at Pondalowie, this is a good quality right-hand beach and reef combination, that breaks up to 1.5 metres.
Best time: east to north-east wind, low to medium tide.
Heavy surf - Located near Point Margaret, Trespassers can be reached by the Corny Point Road. It’s a good quality right-hand reef break of up to 3 metres. Definitely for experienced riders only.
Best time: easterly winds and low to medium tide.
Medium surf - North of Point Margaret in Formby Bay, Baby Lizards can be good but is generally only an average quality, short right-hand reef break of up to 2 metres.
Best time: easterly winds, with a medium to high tide.
Heavy surf - Located just south of Daly Head, this is a powerful right-hand reef break of up to 3 metres and bigger.
Best time: north-west winds on any tide.
Medium surf - A good quality right-hand semi-point break of up to 2 metres. Located just south of Daly Head, Salmon Hole is long, hollow and fast.
Best time: north-westerly winds and low to medium tide.
Heavy surf - An average to good quality left and occasional right-hand reef break of up to 4 metres.
Best time: south-east to easterly winds and low to medium tide.
Medium surf - Located just north of Daly Head, an average quality left-hand semi-point break of up to 2 metres. It has been reported to have a vicious rip at times.
Best time: south-west to south-east winds.
Please be aware of the potentially dangerous nature of some surf breaks. Take care in remote areas and please seek advice from the locals.