Phillip Island National Surfing Reserves

Proudly Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island is a unique, world– class destination, with a rich surfing history and a wave for all kinds of weather and abilities. Some breaks are significant because of the exceptional waves, and others for their history and importance in providing safe breaks for teaching the surfers of the future. Phillip Island is also special for its Aboriginal and natural values and all surfers must play a role in protecting these.

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Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve comprises four breaks;

Because of its ever changing world–class beach breaks.

‘Woolamai’ is a unique stretch of beach with numerous quality beach breaks along the stretch of coast from Magic Lands to Forrest Caves. Sand overlaying a shallow rock reef and the seasonal winds and currents create crescent– shaped sandbanks that are perfect for surfing.

Woolamai provides ideal surfing conditions when the swell is 0.5 to 2.0 metres with a south–east to north west wind.

There are generally, defined banks in the following areas:

Magic Lands

Beach break at the eastern end of Woolamai beach with right and lef t breaks. This section of Cape Woolamai beach is tucked in the corner protected from the east to south– east sea breezes making it a popular location for af ternoon summer surfs.

Second car park or Clubhouse

This beach break is opposite the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club and has right and left breaks.

First car park or Anzacs

Opposite the first car park at Woolamai, this beach break has right and left breaks.

Aussie Track

This beach break is 150 metres east of the Colonnades/Ocean Reach access point and has right and left breaks.

Ocean Reach or Airport Reef

Opposite the access stairs to the Colonnades/Ocean Reach beach, this beach break has right and left breaks.

Forrest Caves

Opposite the Forrest Caves car park with right and left breaks.


From the Island’s premier barreling reef break ‘Express Point’ and the mellower waves of Smiths Beach and YCW Beach where so many grommets have experienced their first wave.

This section of coast includes the best big wave barrelling reef break on Phillip Island, Express Point. Express Point provides the most challenging barrelling wave on the Island and works in conditions with two metre or greater swell, at half to high tide with a north to north west wind.

Smiths Beach and Beachcomber Beach are used by learner schools, grommets learning to surf and the stars of tomorrow polishing their manoeuvres, because there are consistent waves in most conditions with a flat sand bottom in their sheltered small bays.

The breaks

Express Point

This right–only reef break works on a mid to high tide and is at its best in autumn and winter.

Smiths Beach

This beach break has right and lef t beach breaks and works on all tides.

Beachcomber Beach or YCW

A right–only beach break that works on a low to mid tide.


The historical birthplace of surfing on Phillip Island, dating back to the 1920s and its iconic reef breaks that work in the largest of swells.

Summerland Beach is the birthplace of surfing on Phillip Island dating back to the 1920s and is also home to the world– famous Penguin Parade.  Summerland has been surfed since the equipment development allowed it. The point is ideally suited to longer boards and mals. The reef break to the western end of Summerland Beach, known as ‘Centre–Break’ is a quality low tide wave that was originally bodysurfed and then became a favourite with modern short board surfers.

Summerland has two reef breaks that work in the winter y conditions of big swells, high tides and strong north west to south west winds – when other Phillip Island waves are blown out.

The breaks

Both of these right reef breaks require a 2–metre plus swell and a north to –westerly wind:

Centre Break

Just to the east of the Penguin Parade viewing area.

Summerland’s Point

Directly in front of the Penguin Parade viewing area.

Cat Bay

High quality left and right hand reef breaks that allow surfing in big swells when the south–facing Island Beaches are onshore.

The Cat Bay area is home to numerous reef breaks of varying standards with Flynn’s Reef and Right Point being the stand out breaks. The area provides surfable conditions mainly during summer when the swell is greater than

2–metre and a south to east wind. With these conditions this is one of only a few locations in Victoria that provides high quality surfable waves and this area is popular for surfing competitions.

The breaks

Cat Bay is home to numerous reef breaks of var ying standards with Flynn’s Reef being the stand out.

The Bombie

This sand bar breaks lef t and works well at low to mid tide in 2 metre plus swells.

Left Point

This point break has a lef t that also works well at low to mid tide.

The Hump

A reef break that breaks right and lef t and works well at low to mid tide in big swells.

Shelley Beach

This reef break at the bottom of Cat Bay has a right and left that work well at mid to high tide in a moderate to big swell any time of the year.

Right Point

This left breaking reef works well on all tides.

Flynn’s Reef

This right breaking reef break works well on all tides.