There has been considerable efforts undertaken to research and promote Surf Tourism in New South Wales through the Destination NSW’s Surf Tourism Action Plan, where it was identified that, “…outside of Sydney, the principal surfing destination for international travellers is Byron Bay.
However, it was also noted that there is also an evolving North Coast surf touring circuit, which is growing in popularity and includes Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Coast and Byron Bay. Along with this trend, there are initiatives such as The Legendary Pacific Coast.
Newcastle’s active participation in the World Surf Cities Network has already proven of great benefit in assisting stakeholder groups in the City learn about what successes are occuring in Australia and overseas. Newcastle has the opportunity of experiencing the vibrancy of the European and South American surf lifestyle, mixed with sharing stories with our New Zealand Brothers and Sisters, and groundtruthing all apsects with our fellow surf tribe on the Gold Coast.