Windsurfing in Australia
There are some fantastic kiting and sailing areas in Australia. The Fremantle doctor has a prescription for windsurfing and kitesurfing right up the West Australian coast in the summer months of October through to April, and on the East coast 4 mile beach up around Cairns/Port Douglas is epic!
In Western Australia, Lancelin and Geraldton are prominent destinations on the wind and kitesurfing map with hire equipment and lessons also available. There are many spots for wave sailing as well as inside lagoon flat water sailing. The general wind pattern is a light easterly in the morning, swinging around gently to a SW direction and building, by about midday, to very consistent.
The best way to experience W.A is to either hire a car and travel up the coast from Perth (exploring spots as you travel), or to book into lodges and accommodation and relax in one spot. Click alongside to see more about W.A.
On the East Coast the northern Queensland coast has some very consistent wind spots during our Winter months. Four Mile beach just north of Cairns up near Port Douglas is an amazing spot! So many activities also once there! Again lessons and gear rental and some amazing day tours to outer isles and reefs on offer.
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There are two main seasons in Western Australia. In the south there's a warm temperate climate: Spring starts in September, Summer in December, Autumn in March and Winter in June. The north has a tropical climate with two seasons: the Dry and the Wet. The Dry season starts around May and the Wet around November. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the best times to visit, with hot, dry summers and mild, but rainy, winters.
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Australia has a very high standard of hygiene and very safe food and drinking water. As a result special precautions are unnecessary. Doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped.
Health Risks: Sunburn, spider bites, snake bites.