passion_of_the_crest wrote:alright, since im here, i'll tell you what i did. i'm in the same boat as you were, so here's some spots i made it to...in melbourne and sydney
--bondi: where i stayed for 4 months for uni, this place has quite the rep, though im not sure it deserves it. there are a lot of people, but if you stay in the whitewater, you'll be alright. if you are a dawn patroller, then head out at sunrise and you'll have the entire beach to yourself and about 5 others. best waves for me was 2.5 footers, but remember, Bondi waves--at least when iwas there--were really messy for the most part.
--manly: if i remember, when the winds are puttin bondi to crap, look to manly for the opposite effect. nice long beach with a few good breaks.
--bronte: another option instead of bondi, about a 15-20 minute walk from bondi. seems to have cleaner waves than bondi, and longer rides as a result.
I live in Sydney, and frequently surf Manly, and sometimes Bondi.
First of all, Bondi is a great beginners spot. There are surfschools up and down the beach. I would recommend "Lets Go Surfing". I have had a lesson with them and they are great...link can be found here;
Manly is also a great beginner spot, as in Bondi there are several surf schools on the beach. The waves here are nice, and even in the biggest swell, there is always a protected area beginners can surf. Check out Manly Surf School. I haver had a lesson from them aswell, and I would definately reccommend them.
In general, if you are a beginner I would probably stick to these two beaches in Sydney, however there are many beaches easily accessible both south of Bondi, and north of Manly. I would reccommend trying Freshwater beach (thebeach north of Manly) as it is also quite a nice beginners beach.