Beaches & Foreshore Reserves

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve

Local Surfing Legends at the unveiling of the Smiths Beach plaqueNational Surfing Reserve declared

The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve was formally declared at a ceremony at Cape Woolamai Beach on Saturday, 16 March 2013. 

Surfing legend Layne Beachley hosted the event and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Youth Affairs, The Hon Ryan Smith MP, formally opened the reserve, made up of four sites along Phillip Island’s coast: Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay.

Seven times world champion, Layne Beachley said, “I am honoured to be part of the official launch of Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve. Phillip Island has always been one of my favourite surfing destinations with its four excellent breaks; Woolamai the hero, Smiths Beach and Express Point, Summerland and Cat Bay.”

Only 25 National Surfing Reserve sites have been nominated across Australia and Phillip Island is the 18th to be declared.  It is the first of its kind in Victoria.

The philosophy of National Surfing Reserves is to ‘care, share and preserve’. National Surfing Reserves is a voluntary collaboration dedicated to recognising iconic surfing sites in Australia and assisting NSR sites globally. Self funded and non-political, the National Reference Group comprises experienced individuals from across Australia to facilitate NSR nominations and management processes. Find out more at

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve community project is proudly supported by San Remo and District Financial Services, Ramada Phillip Island, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Board Riders Club, Bass Coast Shire Council and Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

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Launch of National Surfing Reserve – 16 March 2013

Dedication of Surfing Reserve locations – 1 June 2013

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