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Tombstones | (Gnaraloo, north of
Carnarvon) A long, fast left that
hisses when it gets over head high.
Not for the faint-hearted.
Jake’s Point | (Kalbarri) A left-hand
point break that can also get huge.
The swells jack up when they hit
the ledge, then it’s a freight train
ride for about 60m.
The Alkimos | A clean and fast
right-hander, nestled behind the
famous Alkimos shipwreck, about
Layne Beachley is renowned as a seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion
Surfer and one of the world’s greatest female professional surfers in history.
She also has her own new, exciting women’s surf label, Blue Kiss. Here, Layne
reveals her favourite surfing hot spots when she visits Western Australia.
Surfer, photographer and blogger Eugene Tan has a photographic gallery in
Bondi in Sydney and a coffee table book, Aquabumps: A Day at Bondi. He has
some favourite surfiing spots when he visits WA. Here he shares them with us.
Rottnest Island | I love surfing at Strickland bay. The island is protected
from the wind, it’s cooler than Perth and the water is some of the clearest
in the world. No cars, just push bikes and serenity... Rottnest has to be
one of the most beautiful places I’ve travelled to.
Dirk Hartog Island | A very remote isolate island owned by a friend.
The waves are solid and I’ve never seen another surfer on the island
ever! The water is crystal-clear and the weather is good all year
round. OK, perhaps a tad hot in summer.
Lancelin | The outer reef called Hole in the Wall is a fantastic right-hand
reef break, but the paddle out (900 metres) can be a bit daunting. Best
take a tinnie. In summer it blows continuously and there aren’t many
sheltered spots. Take a 4WD through the Lancelin dunes and head to
Wedge Island – magic (but a little sharky!)
Injidup Beach | It’s one of my favourite surfing breaks, and when not
on my board, it’s a hot location to take photos. The right-hander is
one of the best on the WA coast in spring or autumn. On flat days, grab
a piece of cardboard and slide down the huge dunes to the south that
end at the water’s edge. A must.
Kalbarri | There’s a great left-hander at this small fishing town filled
with people living a simple and happy life.
30 minutes’ drive north of Perth.
Not widely known.
Three Bears |(Yallingup) As the
name suggests, there are three
world-class peaks that break left
and right. Accessible by 4WD only.
Surfers Point |(Margaret River)
WA’s most famous big-wave
location. It’s a peak but the left
lasts longer – and watch out for the
‘Surgeon’s Table’, a shallow reef
section of the break.
Luna Palace cinemas to show
films every night in summer. Sip
the in-house wine, bring a picnic
and relax. It’s a big leap from
the abbreviated seasons they’ve
run before. Live music and other
entertainment are also on the bill.
In the north, head to the Cinema
Parrotiso at the Rainbow Jungle
bird park in Kalbarri. In Exmouth,
savour fish and chips with the flick
at the Ningaloo Reef Resort. There’s
nothing novel about watching films
outdoors in Broome, where Sun
Pictures, the world’s oldest outdoor
cinema, is a year-round affair
(although there’s less chance of
a downpour after March).
For one of the last surviving
drive-in cinemas, head to
Busselton. If you’ve got kids, there’s
the extra thrill of giving the family
a novel, low-tech experience.
Watching a movie out of the back
of the car - maybe it’ll catch on!
If you’ve not been to the Somerville
at UWA for a while you might reel
at the crowds haggling to secure a
deckchair at the PIAF film season.
Get there early. Or take the freeway
to Joondalup Pines instead – same
films, less bunfight.
Enjoy mobile pizzas at Camelot
in Mosman Park or the chilled out
vibe of Moonlight Cinemas, Kings
Park. Luna Outdoor is another
favourite. In Mundaring, you get
a backdrop of State Forest at the
Kookaburra outdoor cinema.
Down south, Cape Mentelle
winery has now teamed up with
A surf shot from
The calm winds and big swells of autumn signal a party on the waves for
surfers, not least in Margaret River where the annual pro event inspires
surfers to new heights of daring. Even in early summer there’s consistent
surf in Margaret River and Esperance, and it’s not unheard of to get a hot
day with a perfect off-shore breeze in Geraldton, either. Come March when
the southerlies drop off there’s often good surf all day long. Beginners not
yet stung by the bug that renders surfers impervious to the cold should take
advantage of the warm water temperatures – steady until June in the north.
There are plenty of surf schools and lots of learner-friendly waves from
Trigg Beach to the Margaret River mouth.
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