If you love to travel and you love to surf, then you need to know all the top surfing spots around the world. There is one place especially that should be on your bucket list of surfing holidays: Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This beach is home to the Superbank, a large sand bank that consistently produces incredibly long waves, with average rides of 50 – 400m on a normal day. [tweet_dis]When conditions are just right, Snapper Rocks is one of the best surfing breaks in the world. Here’s all you need to know.[/tweet_dis]
There was once a time when Snapper Rocks was a fishing destination rather than a surfing mecca. The neighbouring Gold Coast suburb of Kirra was better known for its quality of waves, producing world famous barrels favoured by professional surfers.
A role reversal was initiated in 1995 when the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project was tasked with maintaining an easily navigable entrance to the Tweed River, and also restoring the nearby beaches. They did this with sand pumped from outlets at both Snapper Rocks and Kirra. The pumping altered the natural currents and formed an enormous sand bank, the Superbank, between these two Gold Coast suburbs. This benefitted the surfing conditions at Snapper Rocks, but at the same time also greatly diminished the quality of the waves in Kirra.
Popular with all the right Surfers
You won’t feel lonely out in the water at Snapper Rocks; this is one of the most crowded point breaks you’ll ever surf at. On most days 100 – 200 surfers will be out there catching waves. So this isn’t the most private or intimate of surfing venues, but that just goes to show how great the waves really are here!
In 2002, Gold Coast local Damon Harvey earned himself a world record for longest ever ride on an ocean wave by riding all the way from Snapper Rocks to Kirra, a distance of 1.5 kilometres! This ride took over 4 minutes (which may not sound long, but a few minutes is an eternity in surf-time) and the wave was 4-6 feet high the entire ride.
If you’re really into surfing, you may even recognise the faces of the many professional surfers that visit the Superbank. But, even if you don’t spot a celebrity, the quality of waves at Snapper Rocks will give you more than enough to remember.
Where to stay near Snapper Rocks
There’s plenty of hotel options near Snapper Rocks, in Coolangatta, and it’s only a 10 minute drive from the airport. Check out our full range of Coolangatta hotels. In particular we recommend the hotels listed below. They offer top quality accommodation and are all within walking distance to Snapper Rocks, so you can grab your board and cruise down on foot: Rainbow Bay Resort, Komune Gold Coast, Mantra Coolangatta Beach and Outrigger Twins Town Resort.