Located on Rottnest Island about a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth, South West Australia, Stark Bay is an excellent rocky reef break. The wave is located in the middle of the bay, so access with a boat is recommended. The bottom is shallow, sharp, and loves to eat boards (bring extra). The waves here require your A-game and can break for up to 100 meters, providing both heavy and open barrels that demand caution and experience.
What are the best surf conditions for Stark Bay?
Gets good between waist-high to triple overhead. We recommend riding your gun, the largest board in your quiver or tow board when bigger here. Stark Bay is best suited to intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf here is inconsistent (4/10) and hardly ever crowded (3/10). The best winds for Stark Bay are Southeast. The best swell direction is from the Northwest, Southwest and West. The best tides are mid to high.
We recommend wearing a spring suit in summer with the warmest water temperature a pleasant 21 degrees in February. In winter we recommend wearing a 3/2 wetsuit with temps being a brisk 16 degrees! See the temperature chart below for more data on this.