With 300 days of sunshine each year, more than 52km of ‘surf-able’ coastline, warm blue water and an average temperature of 25 degrees, Australia’s Gold Coast is a year-around surfer’s paradise.

The Gold Coast’s world-class breaks have paved the way for world champion surfers, including Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson. From Duranbah (D’bah) in the South to South Stradbroke Island in the North, an early morning trip to the beach will quickly show that surfing is very much entrenched in daily life on the Gold Coast.

Nowhere is Australia’s iconic beach culture celebrated like it is here and that’s why we invite you to discover the home of Australian surfing. Here are the top 5 ways to immerse yourself in the Gold Coast’s surf culture:

1. Head to Café DBar for breakfast and take in the stunning views over world-famous surf break Duranbah while you sip on a fresh juice or almond milk latte. Kick start your day with Café DBar’s organic super food granola or smashed avocado, roasted beetroot relish and Persian fetta on sour dough (yum!). After breakfast, go for a walk to Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay to watch the surfers carve it up on the waves.

2. Learn to surf at iconic Surfers Paradise beach with Go Ride A Wave (you know you want that holiday snap of you under the famous Surfers Paradise sign – board in hand!). If conditions aren’t perfect, head to WhiteWater World The team has partnered with Get Wet Surf School to introduce the Southern Hemisphere’s only wave pool surf school. Already a pro? Rub shoulders with Mick Fanning and other local World Surfing Champions at the newest World Surfing Reserve.

3. Quench your thirst with a cold, local brew from Balter Brewery. The brainchild of World Surf Champs Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson and their surfer mates, Balter is the Gold Coast’s newest craft brewery. Tour the facility, taste the beers, grab a bite to eat from the food truck, sit back and listen to the surf banter.

4. Find out where it all began: Head to Surf World Gold Coast and immerse yourself in the Gold Coast’s surf culture. The museum houses Australia’s largest collection of surf boards and allows you to discover the country’s surf heritage and legends.

5. Want to watch the world’s best surfers? Each year, the Gold Coast plays host to theQuiksilver & Roxy Pro, the very first stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour. Head down to Coolangatta and watch as the pros battle it out on the Gold Coast’s world-famous breaks.

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Kate Webster is a travel journalist – travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.

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