Coastal National Parks and cities clinging to clifftops, the laid-back New South Wales coast is all clear blue waves and quiet beaches. Take any road heading to the sea and at the end you’re certain to find a clean surf break and a surfer or two just enjoying the waves.
A yellow beach tent covered with a towel and a drying wetsuit, waves crashing against the rocks at Camel Rock; Beach fishing at Camel Rock on a stormy day as the clear blue waves roll in.
A surfer dives through a breaking wave at Bermagui.
Even in the residential streets of Crescent Head just about every car in town had a surfboard on top; Down a path to the rocky Bermagui beach, a mum picks her bodyboarder son up from a morning in the waves.
Four surfers wait for waves in the line up at Bawley Point, in the distinctive light of early morning.
The camping ground caretaker at Crowdy Bay starts his day early with a surf while the rest of the world sleeps, walking along the beach at dawn; Seagulls wake themselves up by preening on the Crowdy Bay beach at dawn, rolling waves in the background.
Late in the day a surfer catches one of the fast waves that roll in between the cliffs near town at Kiama.
A young surfer emerges from a wave at Kiama, having just dived beneath it; An Australian surf staple, the beach shower, overlooking the beach at Crescent Head in the last golden light of the day.
A fence made from old well used surfboards at Pacific Palms; Two surfers catch up as they stroll along the Angourie beach with their surfboards.
The car park at Crescent Head sits full of cars with surfboards on the roof because there are no waves, but that won’t stop these young brothers from having a go.
A surfer returns from the ocean as the sun sets, finally dipping beneath the hills at Crescent Head.
An older couple sit on the sand beneath a beach umbrella to watch the sunset over Byron Bay.
A lone man sits on the beach, soaking up the atmosphere as a storm moves in over Clarks Beach, Byron Bay.
A Byron Bay surfer waits for an unlikely wave as sunset puts orange and pink highlights on the ocean; Footprints in the sand lead to the distinctive rocks of The Pass at Byron Bay in the pink light of sunset.
Three friends sit chatting on a rock in the ocean at Byron Bay, as the sun sets turning everything orange and a surfer tries to get a wave.
The sun sets over a surfboard abandoned on the beach at Byron Bay.