Tyler Wright’s secret beach spots
Eat, Sleep, Surf, Repeat
Whether you prefer reading a book by the pool or making the most of the world-class surf, Fiji offers a relaxing holiday experience to all with plenty of secret beach spots. Affectionately known by locals as ‘Fiji time’, the country operates at a very gentle pace. Tyler explains that this distinctively laid-back lifestyle allows you to unwind from the hustle of everyday life. With holiday mode in full-swing, your only duty is to swim, eat and nap – it really doesn’t get much better than that! While in Fiji, Wright recommends a trip to Namotu Island for an unbeatable surfing experience.
Best time to book: For the biggest surf, plan your trip in the March-November period. For the cleanest, least crowded waves, try the wet season (December-February)
Where to stay: Namotu Island Resort, Fiji.
Where to surf: ‘Namotu Left’ is a world-class reef break that works on any swell.
North of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour National Park, Cobblers Beach offers scenic water views, paddling and snorkeling. Having grown up in this region, Wright is very familiar with this area. Travelling 9-10months per year, it’s safe to say that she has visited a fair share of secret beach spots around the globe. Yet, Cobbler Beach (where she spent her summers as a child) is just as appealing to her as some of the world’s most high profile surf destinations. Tyler’s love for this city-beach hideaway is credited to the variation of waves offered; Cobbler Beach will deliver the perfect conditions throughout the day to both amateurs or pros in the surf scene.
How to get there: Cobblers Beach is accessed via a walking track on the northern side of Middle Head
Post-swim-breakfast spot: The Boathouse Balmoral Beach
When planning a beach road-trip, Wright says to look no further than the secret beach spots along NSW’s South Coast. Stretching south from Sydney to the border of Victoria, the region offers the perfect route for a family road trip.
If you want to get the most out of your journey, we recommend heading off-the-beaten-track to source the best pockets of paradise.When driving off-road, Wright recommends a reliable and durable vehicle – her pick is the Jeep Compass or Jeep Wrangler. It’s important to feel comfortable knowing that your car can handle the rugged terrain so you can focus your energy on having a fun and care-free afternoon. The fact it keeps you looking stylish is an added bonus!
Car of choice: Jeep Compass
Where to stay: For the ultimate glamping experience, Pitch South Coast
Where to eat: Wharf Rd Restaurant & Bar, Nowra
Time to unwind
For a quick weekend getaway, drive three hours from Sydney to the oceanic bay and village of Jervis Bay. Wright says the area is amazing because of the unlimited activities it provides. If lazing-about on the pristine beaches does not suffice, the coastal, marine and hinterland National Parks offer fantastic bushwalking, cycling tracks, Indigenous culture and cliff-top lookouts.
For 2km of immaculate white sand and turquoise waters, Long Beach is also well worth a visit. Located on the Beecroft Peninsula, the beach is wave free. This is surprisingly not a turn-off for a pro surfer. Wright places it high on her list of top beaches for a short break, believing that it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Where to stay: Worrowing Estate, Jervis Bay
Where to eat: Kanpai Japanese Restaurant, Huskisson
For the globetrotter
The Southwest of France is becoming an increasingly popular destination for sun, surf and food. Having recently competed in the Roxy Pro Championships here, Wright believes that if it’s good enough for the World Surf League, it will most certainly meet your expectations. She notes that while it was very crowded when the competition was underway, the beach towns of Landes Coast normally offer some of the most secluded surfing opportunities you can find. Wright loves the freedom of having access to so many great spots; with banks everywhere, as you can drive and pull up wherever you please.
However, the real selling point behind this French coastal town is the very fact that it is in France. Being the nation of cheese and wine, you can source some of the best products for the ultimate beach picnic.
Where to stay: Le B D’Arcachon Hotel
Learn to surf: Colin’s Surf School, Capbreton France