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The most popular surf spot on the island, Kingston is a 1km stretch of reef open to southerly swells from the Tasman sea. It is the 2nd most southern coral reef in the world, behind Lord Howe island, with excellent snorkelling to be had in the lagoon.

It rarely drops below 3 ft and in winter can often seen maxing out at an unsurfable 10ft+. The offshore islands Philip and Napean break up the swell, and the wave can be described as a beachbreak-over-reef, where waves peak up and break as lefts and rights. The best peaks are found about halfway along, in front of a handy gap in the reef where you can paddle out. Rides are quite short but a lot of fun, a steep take off followed by one or two turns before the wave closes out. On offshore days there are short barrels to be had. Apparently on rare easterly swells, it can line up as a long sectiony lefthander with shallow tubes to be found up the point towards 'Lone Pine' outside Emily Bay.

Watch out for the Sea Urchins on the bottom and on bigger days be wary of drifting away from the main break, as the closeouts get shallower and more violent on either side.


Half way between Emily Bay and Kingston pier. Paddle out (50m) through a gap in the reef.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (coral)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 6ft+
TideAll tides
Tide movementFalling tide

Urchins, Rocks



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