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National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve recognises the outstanding surf along the shores of Phillip Island together with the long rich surf culture and history associated with those waves, that date back to the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Phillip Island is the proud home of Victoria's only National Surfing Reserve which was dedicated on Saturday 16 March 2013 for the surfers of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The Reserve’s motto is Share, Respect, Preserve and it is made up of four sites along Phillip Island’s coast: Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay.

Some breaks are significant for their exceptional waves, and others for their history and importance in providing safe breaks for teaching the surfers of the future. Phillip Island is also special for its Aboriginal and natural values and all surfers must play a role in protecting these.

Download the 2018 National Surfing Reserve Book

Download the National Surfing Reserve Brochure & Map

Surfing Team sChallenge Competition Rules

For hard copies of these, please email

Community Working Group

Our community was instrumental in establishing the Surfing Reserve. Since its establishment, this dedicated group has worked to promote and protect the reserve and its values. The group is made up of representatives from Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Boardriders Club, Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Plastic Free Phillip Island and community members.

The group also develops and maintains an archive of Phillip Island’s surfing history dating back to the 1920s.