Angourie Surfing Reserve is a designated national surf reserve, the first to be designated in New South Wales. The break is on the north side of Angourie Point, on the edge of the Angourie section of Yuraygir National Park .
In 1961, a group of surfers from Yamba Surf Life Saving Club went in search for uncrowded waves. The main surf spot in Yamba was off the surf club at Main Beach and a few other spots such as Pippy’s and Green Point, becoming more difficult to reach with no roads leading to Angourie Point.
The group of surfers found Angourie and became the first to surf “The Point” on boards. The first riders were Ray ‘Duck’ Moran, Roger Maclean, Brian Alford, and Don ‘Ugh’ Lee.
The surfers proposed to the council to build a road to Angourie but it was not supported with the area regarded to be of little value requiring a road. The surfers took it upon themselves to build a road with help from other volunteers.
Angourie became internationally recognised in 1964 when professional surfers visited after the World Titles in Manly.
It was in 2007 when Angourie Surfing Reserve was named as the 1st in New South Wales. The first surf reserve in Australia was Bells Beach in Victoria, established in 1973. New South Wales has since been joined by Crescent Head, Lennox Head, Maroubra, and Cronulla.
Declaring a surf reserve means it is being recognised for its cultural and historical importance to the Australian surf culture, and a board of management can promote and protect the site.
A plaque is at the lookout with the following:
Angourie is one of the unique places in the world, where serfers have travelled from near and far just to experience the quality of the wave and beauty of the natural environment that should never be lost.
ANGOURIE SURFING RESERVE
Angourie, traditional country of the Yaegl people who lived in harmony with the landscape, is home to ospreys and the playground of dolphins, turtles, wales and the many creatures of the sea.
National Surfing Reserves recognise sites of cultural and historical significance in Australian surf culture. They acknowledge the surfing way of life and link past, present and future generations with our oceans, waves and beaches.
Generations of sufers coming to Angourie since the 1950’s, have ensured that this beautiful place is integral to the environment, spiritual and cultural heritage of Australian Surfing.
Share – Respect – Preserve
The Angourie Community
Dedicated January 2007
Angourie National Surfing Reserve
To get there:
From the Pacific Hwy, follow the signs to Yamba. On entering Yamba, continue straight ahead along Yamba Rd for about 3.2km to Angourie Rd at a roundabout. Turn right into Angourie Rd at the roundabout, follow for 5.4km to the end to reach the parking area of Angourie Surf Reserve, with the road name changing to Lake St then Pacific St towards the end.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, at lookout area only