Queenscliff or Queensie is the north end of Manly Beach, Sydney, just follow the road or footpath past the stormwater pipe and you’re there.
The wave is a beach break that varies in quality depending on the swell, wind and banks. Often (in south swells) Queenscliff picks up the most swell of Manly Beach so if the south end is small keep going north to Queensie. Generally fairly crowded and keep at eye out for the local talent who are unforgiving. Waves can be anything from very full, rolling waves for mals or beginners to A-frame barrels big enough to park a small car in. The river mouth can provide good banks. Keep an eye out for changing banks after heavy rains. Check Queensie during SW winds, it could be worth it!
Note – In a very big swell Queenscliff Bombie breaks right out the back. A favourite with the tow-in crew.
What are Queenscliff in Sydney’s best surf conditions?
The best wave size is between waist-high to triple overhead. We recommend riding your longboard, standard shortboard or fish. Queenscliff (Manly Beach) in Sydney Northern Beaches is best suited to beginner to advanced surfers, it’s pretty consistent (7/10) and can be ridiculously crowded (9/10) especially before work and on weekends. The best winds for Queenscliff (Manly Beach) are Northwest, Southwest and West. The best swell direction is from the East, Northeast, South and Southeast
When surfing in Sydney in summer we recommend wearing board shorts or a bikini, plus a wetsuit top. The warmest water temperature is a pleasant 21 degrees in January. In winter we recommend rugging up a bit with a 3/2 wetsuit, July brings the coldest temperatures – 16 degrees water temp!