Tasmania has world class cold water breaks and plenty of opportunities to ride uncrowded, pristine waves generated thousands of kilometres away in the Southern Ocean. The best surfing in Tassie often takes some trekking through world heritage areas but pays off with huge breaks and beautiful waves.
Shipstern Bluff, also known as Devil's Point, on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula is Australia's heaviest wave and regarded by professionals as one of the most dangerous and wildest rides in the world and definitely not for the faint-hearted. A 45-minute bushwalk leads to the famous sea cliffs with a break 150 metres offshore, a reef at the bottom, patrolling sharks and rides as long as 40 metres.
Not so risky, nearby Eaglehawk Neck usually has a wave, as do most places on the East Coast from Orford to Bicheno.
South Cape Bay is Australia's southernmost surf beach, reached via a seven-kilometre walk through World Heritage wilderness to a pristine beach with big, clean waves on a southerly swell, while in Tasmania's north-west, Marrawah's big Southern Ocean groundswells will also challenge the bravest and the best.
And on King Island, Martha Lavinia Beach is the jewel in the crown with a unique wave that breaks both left and right, depending on the swell and wind.
Across Tasmania, late summer provides the warmest and mildest rides, but Tassie waves are bigger and better in the wild winter weather. Needless to say - bring a wet suit.