Surfest 2019

Saturday 2 February to Sunday 17 March 2019

In 2019, Surfest Newcastle, Australia will celebrate its 34th anniversary.

The event is the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere with over 700 national and international competitors, from more than two-dozen countries, competing in the event.

The annual Surfest festival runs from February 2 to March 17, 2019 on Merewether Beach and surrounding beaches.

The event features the WSL 6000 Burton Automotive Pro men's and the Surfest Women's Pro on Merewether beach March 11-17.   

For the full line-up visit 

City Surfest Photo Competition

Snap a pic at Surfest to win a unique 'Newcastle' surfboard!


Surfest is an iconic world-class event, and one we have proudly sponsored since it began 34 years ago.

To celebrate our long history we are running an awesome photo comp with a unique 'Newcastle' surfboard up for grabs, and Surfest T-Shirts for the two runners-up.

Entering is easy:

It could be a surfing pic, a crowd shot or anything else that looks good.

A judging panel will decide the best photos and we'll share them on the City of Newcastle and Visit Newcastle social media channels.

Competition opens at 8am on Monday 11th March 2019 and closes Midnight on Sunday 17th March 2019. 

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Sponsored by



Merewether Beach
John Parade