wout there is nothing to consider;
queensland from march on one warning you may never want to leave''
get weather advice from steve this year the swell just kept coming right up to a week or so back
from now on no good
ps board shorts & sunnys
There are no waves south of Sydney to the vicco boarder:).
But if you do happen to luck in to this area you can surf anything from hawaiian style slabs to point breaks and everything in between.
The well known breaks around here are crowded but nothing compared to the big cities. Where I live 10 people is a crowd.
If the current predictions of el nino are correct give the spring and summer months a miss for the east coast.
WA always has waves and rarely under 2-3ft if you know where to look.
Wouts, don't come in Nov/Dec unless you want to kiteboard.
From Dec onwards is the summer monsoon with general monsoonal gyres located in the southern coral sea/south pac.
Jan is school hols and your worst nightmare......if you come in Jan I'll personally track you down and shoot you for pure stupidity.
By Feb regular swell from the SE to ENE is assured along with very warm water.
It is crowded but the sheer consistency and short range nature of the swell generating systems means an incredible amount of waves per hour.
On a good year it is like a machine....ask Roger(proneman) how many waves he rode this year while he was here.
You will surf more good waves between Noosa and Coffs Harbour between Feb and April then almost any location on earth...mostly 3-6ft pointbreaks and beachies.
If you can zig when the crowd zags and have half a brain you'll surf with light to moderate crowds.
After Easter the focus shift to the southern storm track.....thats the time to be heading south of Sydney.....others have covered that.
WA is open to the full brunt of the Indian Ocean/roaring 40's storm track.....if you want to ride big waves head there but be prepared.....it's not fcuking tiddlywinks down there and nothing the North Sea can produce is gunna prepare you for the Womb or Tombstones.
I believe Vicco is highly overrated....the Surf Coast is fickle and as crowded as QLD...there aren't many spots west of the Otways compared to other locations. PI is awesome.
Best bet : fly into Brisbane or Coolangatta in Feb, buy a cheap van and cruise between Noosa and Ballina until March then slowly work your way south.....May is traditionally the month for biggest surf on the east coast due to the high probability of intense east coast lows which form off the coast. You'll need a pintail and some skills to surf the surf these generate.......big wave pointbreaks can handle 10-12ft of surf during these events and it ain't long range long period groundswell with glassy surface conditions like Indo...it's raw and challenging.
Be friendly, Aussies hate Euro snobs but like people who'll chat with them.......carry around a cold 6 pack and you'll make friends immediately.
I'm at Lennox and would be stoked to offer any help to you.
"I believe Vicco is highly overrated..."
There's a misconception I can live with!
Oh yes, absolutely...there's no waves bigger than knee high for the whole stretch from Malacoota to Portland. No waves AT ALL...
I'm heading out from NZ tomorrow to your neck of the woods. We'll be there 11 days with a car and expect to travel around a bit. I've a new bamboo compsand with only 4 sessions on it so looking forward to testing it out in much warmer water and a few waves. Leaving behind 11* air and 12* water!!
I've been tracking forecasts through this site which is generally on the button for NZ conditions:
Would you have any other recommendations for tracking conditions??
QLD in November / December can be a bit hit and miss. It's the start of summer and the weather is great and the ladies are looking their best. You do get waves all year round up here but the Gold Coast to far Northern NSW will be the places to go at this time. Problem with the gold coast is that this time of year it's supper busy! On saying that, there are plenty of breaks to choose from and heaps of long open beaches where you should be able to find a nice little uncrowded bank...
Jan, Feb and March are the times that the cyclones are due to hit. We haven't had one hit the coast here for nearly 12 years but they do form further north and create some great waves along the east coast. The Sunshine Coast is a little less crowded but won't pick up as much swell as the Goldie or far NSW unless it's a big chunky cyclone swell. CAn't surf much further north then about 200mile north from Noosa. Don't go to far northern QLD and expect waves.
Mate, we have 1000's of KM's of great coast all the ways from West Oz right round SA and up into Vic, NSW and QLD. It's a great place and you will always find a wave somewhere. But like another person says who is on this forum all the time....
YOU SHOULD'VE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY!
take a look at http://www.swellnet.com.au/forecast.php?state_id=1®ion_id=17
it looks like you are timing it just right as its been pretty flat for while but we have waves coming tomorrow. just jump in the car and heads outh until you find a wave to yourself. wish i could do the same.