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Elliott Heads Surf Guide

Elliott Heads in Queensland North Coast is a fairly exposed reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the west and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. No reef break here. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of - Rocks - Man-made danger (buoys etc.).

Elliott Heads Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
21.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Elliott Heads:

The best conditions reported for surf at Elliott Heads occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Elliott Heads (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Elliott Heads with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in June while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 60% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Elliott Heads Location Map

Interactive Elliott Heads surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail.

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Elliott Heads Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 October 2022, 04:02 Local Time
Saturday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on cross-

Swell History at Elliott Heads

Surf stats for Elliott Heads, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Elliott Heads

Wind stats for Elliott Heads, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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