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Cheapest courses for international students in Australia in 2022

Compare the cheapest courses eligible for a Student Visa in Australia.

What has changed for foreign students in Australia?

Update (June 2024): Here are the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

Australia is becoming more attractive for international students again. Student Visa holders can now benefit from these pretty big changes in 2022:

Update (10th of October 2022): Unrestricted work rights for Student visa holders will end on 30 June 2023.

  • student visa holders can start working before their course starts – this is great because if you apply for your Student Visa with us way ahead of your course commencement date, you may arrive in Australia months before your course starts and just work or travel as much as you want
  • more flexibility with hybrid (blended) course delivery – less sitting in a classroom and more online learning

So, check if you are eligible to apply for a Student Visa, and let’s see what are the cheapest courses for international students in Australia you can choose from right now.

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1. The cheapest diploma course for international students in Sydney

Lloyds International College offers the cheapest courses for international students in Australia at the moment. How much? $1,000 per term (every three months) and if you enrol with us now, your first term will be discounted even more to just $950. As a result, your total tuition fee for a one-year course will only be $3,950. The college will also charge you a $200 one-off enrolment fee.

Update (11th of October 2022): Following many other schools, Lloyds International College is raising its prices again. This time to $4,900 / year. Tuition fees can still be paid quarterly with $1,150 being the first instalment and $1,250 as the following ones.

Update (1st of July 2022): This promotion has ended and the college increased its prices to $4,500 / year, which is still one of the most affordable options. Your first term payment will be $1,050 and $1,150 thereafter.

This promotion is valid until the 30th of June 2022 30th of September 2022 31st of October 2022 and you can choose from these courses:

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1.5 years)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1.5 years)
  • Certificate II in Workplace Skills (1 year)
  • Certificate III or IV in Business (1 year each)

These courses can be combined into a package (e.g. Certificate IV + Diploma + Advanced Diploma). Therefore you can apply for up to a 3.5-year Student Visa with us. The college offers a new intake almost every month. Feel free to send us a message for more information, enrolment, and free Student Visa assistance from our registered migration agent.

TIP: Are you wondering what is the age limit for a Student Visa in Australia? Get this and all the other answers to your most burning Student Visa questions in our FAQs.

2. The cheapest hospitality course for international students in Sydney and in Gold Coast

The hospitality sector in Australia is experiencing huge staff shortages which may take years to recover from. If you are thinking of becoming a restaurant or a cafe manager, now may be the best time to start acquiring the skills. With our current discount, even the hospitality courses are among the cheapest ones for international students in Australia. In addition to theory, you will also undertake two terms of paid work placement which will further increase your chances to succeed in the job market.

These hospitality courses are offered by our partner school Pacific Training Group (PTG) and you can choose:

  • Certificate III in Hospitality (1 year)
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management (2 years)

If you’d like to learn more you can enrol in one of these course packages with a single Australian Student Visa:

  • Certificate III in Hospitality + Diploma of Hospitality Management (2 years)
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management + Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (2.5 years)

Any of these courses or course packages will now cost you only $1,400 per term (every three months), which is $5,600 per year. The college will also charge you a $100 enrolment fee. Further discounts are available if you decide to pay your entire tuition fee upfront.

Hurry up because this promotion is valid only until the 30th of June 2022!

Update (11th of October 2022): This special is available again for enrolments until the 31st of December 2022.

Update (25th of July 2022): The college is offering this promotional price again until the 31st of August 2022.

The next available intake dates for these cheap courses for international students are the 31st of October 2022, the 9th of January 2023, the 13th of February 2023, and the 3rd of March 2023.

Contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like to enrol and get your Australian Student Visa. Our team will assist you step-by-step with your enrolment and with your visa application.

3. The cheapest Student Visa course in Melbourne

Greenwich Management College usually offers some of the cheapest courses for international students in Australia. There’s no exception now and especially if you are looking at studying in Melbourne.

If you are in Australia already, you can study at Greenwich College for just $850 / every two months. If you are overseas, the college will charge you $1,000 / every two months. A one-year course will cost you $5,100 or $6,000. There is a very low upfront cost for all applicants.

Update (20th of October 2022): Greenwich College has not extended the onshore promotion and both onshore and offshore students now pay $1,000 every two months. However, the college now offers a 50% discount on the last term for onshore students.

Which are the cheapest Student Visa courses in Melbourne?

For the price we mention above, you can choose courses in Business, Leadership and Management, Project Management, Marketing and Communication, or Event Management. Various durations or course packages are available.

The best part? The weekend timetable is still available for some of the courses so you can work or travel all week long and attend your course on Saturdays. Pretty neat, right?

Send us a message if that sounds interesting and we’ll help you to study some of the cheapest courses for international students in Australia.

You can enrol in all these courses at both Greenwich College campuses – in Melbourne or in Sydney.

Cheap courses at new campuses

Update (20th of October 2022): Greenwich College has recently opened a new campus for international students in Brisbane and is opening another one in Gold Coast in January 2023. If you choose to study there, you can get a special price of $4,950 / year (when applying onshore) or $5,400 (offshore application).

Please note: Greenwich Management College is very popular among international students right now so you may need to wait a little longer until you receive your Offer Letter.

4. Affordable pathway course for international students in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne

When researching the cheapest courses for international students in Australia, you may also want to consider what (if anything) you will do after you complete your course. With Australian Learning Group (ALG; previously also known as 4Life College) you can plan a bit longer term.

Graduating from some of their courses (e.g. a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care) could make you eligible for a 485 Graduate Visa allowing you to stay in Australia with full-time work rights for up to 2 years after you complete your course. For the eligibility criteria please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs or send us a message.

Another option is to take one of the courses at ALG as part of a package with a Bachelor’s degree at the Ikon Institute of Australia. If you are accepted, you get a 25% discount on your tuition fees at Ikon. This promotion is no longer available.

Courses at the Australian Learning Group start at $1,990 / every three months or $725 per month and there are four intakes per year. The college will also charge you a $595 joining fee.

Update (12th of October 2022): ALG is raising prices for its 2023 intakes. Courses now start at $2,150 / every three months or $775 per month.

Contact us if you are interested in a longer course pathway. Our registered migration agent will help you to make the right decision aligned with your long-term goals.

TIP: Are you wondering whether you’ll need to provide a bank statement (so-called “show money”) when applying for your Student Visa with one of these cheapest courses for international students in Australia? Get this and other Student Visa questions answered in our FAQs.

All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student Visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with one of our colleagues. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

TIP: Compare all eligible OSHC providers here. Get your Overseas Student Health Cover for just $571.02 (12 months).

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Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney

Study a cheap diploma course for as little as $3,900 per year and apply for a Student Visa in Australia. Here are the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne you can choose right now from

Update (August 2023): Here are the cheapest student visa courses for 2023 – check them out!

Is your current visa expiring soon or are you thinking of heading to Australia as soon as the borders re-open? If budget is a concern, we have you covered with some of the cheapest courses overseas students can choose in Australia.

To clarify, although the following courses may be considered ‘cheap’ this does not mean they are of low quality as all of them are nationally recognised and CRICOS registered.

Our tip: Moving to a Student Visa from a Working Holiday Visa? Download our free ebook!

In this round-up of the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne, you will find:

  1. Cheapest college in Sydney for international students where you can study for less than $4,000 AUD per year
  2. Interesting and affordable business courses in Sydney
  3. Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney with a great payment plan and timetable
  4. Courses in Sydney and Melbourne with a 30% discount

1. Cheapest college for international students in Sydney

Cheapest college for international students in Sydney

Lloyds International College in Sydney temporarily discounted its courses and is offering very favorable payment plans until the 30th of September 2021.

Update (7th of January 2022): This promotion has ended and the college slightly increased their prices. If you’re looking for a low-cost study in Australia, it still remains one of the cheapest options though:

If you are onshore you will pay $950 for your first term and $1,000 for all future terms (a one-year course in Sydney will cost you $3,950).

If you are offshore, you will pay $1,250 per term ($5,000 per year).

Update (13th of October 2021): This promotion has now been extended until the 31st of December 2021.

You can study a popular cheap Diploma of Leadership and Management course for international students in Australia for as little as $3,900 $3,950 per year. This is a one-year course (4 terms) and you will only pay $900 $950 for the first term and $1,000 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th terms. The college will also charge you a $200 enrolment fee.

Other courses at Lloyds International College you can study for the same price per term:

  • Certificate III in Business (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Business (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1.5 years)

Our tip: Study the Diploma of Leadership and Management first and the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and management after that. Just ask us to bundle your enrolment into a course package. This way you can apply for a 2.5-year Student Visa with us.

So, if you want to study in Sydney for $3,900 $3,950 per year, just send us a message and we will assist you with your enrolment. After that our registered migration agent will also help you to prepare your Student Visa application for free.

2. Interesting and affordable business courses in Sydney

$4,000 per year split in four $1,000 instalments is how much it will cost you to study at the Academy of Entrepreneurs in Sydney. This specialised college only offers two courses:

As the name of the school suggests, both of these courses are focused on helping young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas (real ones or case studies). You can therefore expect to work on your own business plan and practice your pitching and presentation skills. As you may expect, this college attracts a specific type of students, however, you don’t have to have a business idea to be able to join.

Sounds interesting? Send us a message and you can have your Offer Letter ready within 24 business hours. Maybe you too can start your own business as an international student in Australia.

Find out what it’s like to study at the Academy of Entrepreneurs in Sydney in our video:

3. Study one day per week in Melbourne or Sydney

When you have a limited budget you will certainly benefit from the payment plan offered by the Greenwich Management College. For example, you can study the Diploma of Leadership and Management course and only pay $750 every two months ($4,500 per year). You won’t have to pay any enrolment or material fees and you can choose to study in Melbourne or in Sydney. In addition, there are many timetable options including the super popular one: one day per week (Monday, Friday or Saturdays).

This could be a perfect school for you if you are among the students who are eligible to work more than 40 hours per fortnight on a Student Visa in Australia.

These are the cheap courses for international students at Greenwich Management College with a one day per week timetable:

  • Diploma of Project Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Program Management (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication (44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Marketing & Communication (1 year)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Transformation (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management (1 year)

Enrol in any of these courses with us and our registered migration agent will assist you step-by-step with your Australian Student Visa application.

Affordable Student Visa courses in Melbourne and Sydney

4. Courses for international students in Melbourne and Sydney with a 30% discount

Our students love courses in Marketing and Communication. They are practical, fun, and full of social media tips you can use right away. Are you thinking of taking one? Then look no further because Laneway Education is offering a 30% discount to international students in Melbourne and in Sydney. In other words, you can study for just $4,600 per year. Similarly, like the other colleges in this article, Laneway also offers payment plans for foreign students. So you will only pay $1,150 / every three months. The college will also charge you a $200 enrolment fee at the beginning.

Here’s a list of all affordable courses at Laneway Education:

Are you thinking of applying for an Australian Student Visa but sitting in a classroom is not really your thing? Maybe the co-working-style campus at Laneway Education will convince you that the experience could be pretty good. Check out more in our video:

Can’t find the right course for your Student Visa in Australia?

Haven’t found the right course or college among the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne we chose for this article? Check other cheap courses for international students in Australia on our website. You can also email or message us and together we can find the right course for you. We have hundreds of them.

Tip: Check our most recent article about the cheapest courses for international students in Australia in 2023.

All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student Visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with someone from our team. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

We did our best in searching for the most affordable courses for international students in Sydney and Melbourne, however, if you’ve found a cheaper one, please let us know so we can update this article.

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Australian Student Visa Changes

Here are the most recent updates regarding Student Visa in Australia. Borders are still closed, but there is some good news for international students.

Update (14th of October 2021):

Australian borders will reopen soon and the first international students will return to Australia in December 2021.

Original blog article: Did you know that some students will not have to pay for their next visa application?

Australian Government is making several visa changes in order to help international students who are planning to study in Australia and those who already have their Student Visas, but their studies are impacted by the pandemic:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.
  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

What should you do?

These are welcomed changes, especially for those of you who already have their Student Visas. E.g. if you were on holiday in your home country when the borders got shut and you were unable to return to Australia. The real change for all new offshore applicants will be when the travel ban gets lifted.

Until then we recommend our offshore clients just enrol (for as little as $250 AUD) and wait with their visa application until the borders are re-opened. If this is your case, let us know and we can help you to find the right course. This way you don’t miss out on the current course promotions without having to pay the Student Visa fee until you are sure you can come to Australia. Schools were forced to temporarily lower their tuition fees due to the pandemic so why not take advantage of it?

Are you in Australia at the moment and your current visa (e.g. a Working Holiday Visa) is expiring soon? There are no major changes for you and you will need to apply for a new visa. Despite the current situation, most of our onshore clients usually get their Student Visas granted very quickly. Feel free to request a quote from Study Anywhere and we can help you to move to a Student Visa or to renew your current Student Visa.

New visa options for Hong Kong citizens

Australia is also starting to offer several visa options for Hongkongers because of the escalated situation between mainland China and Hong Kong. The main change for students is perhaps the longer duration of the Graduate Visa. Students from Hong Kong will now be able to get 5 years of Graduate Visa (instead of 18 or 24 months). Feel free to contact us if you are interested in studying a course eligible for the Graduate Visa.

Do you have any questions about the Australian Student Visa? Check out Frequently Asked Questions.

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Is your visa going to expire any time from now until the end of this year? 

As we are heading towards the end of the year and the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s good to plan ahead and be organised.

If your visa is going to expire any time soon, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many schools will close for the Christmas holiday and come back at the beginning of January. If this is your case, start the visa process as soon as possible in order to avoid the stress of getting everything done on time.

We still have some special offers for different courses, that you can find interesting. Among them some Black Friday promotions and we’re also still accepting enrolments for our most affordable course for international students in Sydney.

Just contact us and we will be in touch with all the details and we can also check if you are eligible. If you are not sure or have any questions, feel free to have a chat with us on Facebook Messenger.

If you decide to go ahead, our registered migration agent will help you for free with your Student Visa application and you can join students from 43 countries who are already studying with Study Anywhere.

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Childcare courses are among the most popular pathways for international students in Australia. Do you want to make the first step towards your childcare career in 2019? Now is the time to enrol!

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare) has been a popular and affordable choice for international students for quite some time. It’s usually a 2-year course, that includes work placement in a childcare centre. Fees for these courses usually range anywhere from $1,750 – $2,200 / every three months.

We offer these diplomas at various schools and multiple locations across Australia – in Sydney (including CBD, Burwood and Parramatta campuses), Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart.

Most of our students have been studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care either at the 4Life College or at the Sydney School of Business and Technology (SSBT). Especially 4Life College has been quite popular lately, because of the quality of teaching and also because of low upfront costs (just $595 to receive the Confirmation of Enrolment – CoE). The tuition fee isn’t the lowest among our schools, however, the school offers both monthly ($725 / month) or quarterly payment plan ($1,990 / every three months) and they have campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Most of the schools offering Early Childhood Education and Care courses will have their last intake of 2019 in October so now it’s the right time to enrol if you want to make sure there will be a spot for you.

If you are considering Childcare as your next course, just contact us and we will be in touch with all the details. If you are in Australia at the moment, we can also arrange a campus visit or a trial class for you so you will get to know your school before you make your decision. If you are not sure or have any questions, feel free to have a chat with us on Facebook Messenger.

This is a great opportunity especially for those of you, who work as a nanny, au-pair or are just generally interested in working with children, while also having the opportunity to apply for 18-month Graduate visa after successfully completing the course. For more details, please, feel free to contact us and also refer to the information provided by Department of Home Affairs (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-graduate-485).

If you decide to go ahead, our registered migration agent will help you for free with your Student Visa application and you can join students from 39 countries who are already studying with Study Anywhere.

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Australian Department of Home Affairs is changing the Student Visa application fee from the 1st of July 2019.

The cost of a Student Visa in Australia (Subclass 500) is now $620 (an increase from $575). If you will be applying in Australia and your current visa was granted while you were in Australia, be prepared that the Department of Home Affairs will charge you another $700 (Subsequent Temporary Application Charge) on top of the $620. This is often the case when someone is moving from the second year of Working Holiday Visa and this fee has not changed since 1. 7. 2019.

If you are planning to include your partner in your Student Visa application, you will be charged another $430 (Additional Applicant Charge 18+) by the Department of Home Affairs.

Do you want to save as much money on your Student Visa in Australia as possible? Why not take advantage of our current special offer? You can choose the cheapest course in Sydney and study for as little as $4,000 / year ($1,000 every three months). Contact us now for a free quote and all the details.

Students enrolling with Study Anywhere will get free assistance with their Student Visa applications by our registered migration agent.

All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please, check the website of the Department of Home Affairs for all the details about a Student Visa in Australia and FAQs on our website.

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The article and pics by Paola Bianchi  

 

It’s becoming a strong trend to choose a minimalist, sustainable and ethical approach when consuming, dressing and choosing a look. The idea behind this is to buy less, recycle more, less waste. Be more conscious about what we consume and wear. Avoid buying compulsively from fast brands and getting garments from sustainable brands.

Definitely, Australia is on top of this sustainable wave.

Although some ethical brands have higher prices, due to focusing on quality and fair-trade commerce, you do not need to spend lots of bucks to achieve this approach. Recycling is part of the scene and the Op shops and vintage markets are key.

Op shops are ‘opportunity shops’ that sells repaired and in good-condition used clothes. Fortunately, Australia has lots of shops and markets where to get this!

Some of the favourites in Melbourne are:

The Conscious Closet

Located in the CBD, this shop is serious about fashion and helping others. You will not only find cool vintage and designer clothes for women but a chance to support other women. The Conscious Closet describes itself as a charity recycled women’s fashion store, that supports Fitted For Work. This is an organisation that assist women experiencing disadvantage into work.

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Fitzroy Market

Every 3rd Saturday of every month in Fitzroy, this outdoor market opens at Fitzroy Primary School, on the corner of Napier St and Chapel St. Popular within students and young families looking to reduce heartless consumption. You will find second hand, vintage, pre-loved and items. Check it out here.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence Op Shops

This organisation, that works to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia, has 18 Op shops around the city. Probably the most popular store is located in the CBD. Hidden in the ground floor of the Royal Arcade, the Brotherhood City Basement is just opposite to Meyers and H&M on Bourke Street.

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A Plus Market

In the neighbourhood of Coburg, there is an indoor market that offers plus size fashion, featuring pre-loved and unique designs. A unique market that not always is included in global brand’s sizes. Not many dates available, but the reviews are excellent. Check it out here.

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The article is written by Paola Bianchi  Cover pic by Kieren Andrews

Is general knowledge that Eureka Tower is the tallest building, that the tram network is one of the largest one in the world, and that the city is full of alleys with ever-changing graffiti. We have seen these images all over the web. All these are real facts. But there is some information about this city that you might get wrong.

It is not the most liveable city in the world

Melbourne has been chosen several years in a row as the most liveable city in the world. But not anymore! According to the Economist Intelligence Unit rankings, Vienna is now the top number one in 2018. Melbourne got the second spot and Sydney got the fifth. Not because something is not going forward for Melburnians, but It seems that the Austrian city is doing even better.

pic 1Pic by Johan Mouchet

It is not ideal for night owls

Big cities are known for having stores open 24hs per seven days. So even if you get hungry at 3am, there is somewhere to go for a quick bite. However, in Melbourne is rare to find shops open that late. Shops shut down relatively early. As a general rule, cafes close by 4pm or 5pm, restaurants by 10pm or 11pm, retail stores at 6pm except on certain days like Friday.

pic 2Pic by Kevin laminto 

Not many people live in the city

It’s said that Melbourne is home for around 4.5 million people. But as stats show, the residential population is over 148,000 (as of 2016) in the City of Melbourne. This area counts the CBD and some inner suburbs like Parkville and Southbank. That means that the grand majority lives in The Greater Melbourne. Another interesting fact is that almost 1 million walk in the city on an average weekday.

pic 3Pic by  Akshay Chauhan

Hot wheatear doesn’t last long

When thinking about Australia, we usually imagine ourselves on a hot day sunbathing in white sandy beaches, spotting kangaroos in the wild and, let’s be honest, looking after our back while swimming because of sharks. That’s not the case at all about Melbourne. You might find wild fauna but the sunny hot days just last for the summer season which is December, January and February. The rest of the year tends to be cold, rainy and windy. Take a look at these averages temperatures:

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer (December to February): warm to hot 25°C (77°F) 14°C (57°F)
Autumn (March to May): mild 20°C (68°F) 11°C (52°F)
Winter (June to August): cool to brisk 14°C (57°F) 7°C (45°F)
Spring (September to November): cool to mild 20°C (68°F) 10°C (50°F)

 

Closest best surf spot is not Torquay

The west coast of Port Philip Bay is famous for its surfing. Mainly, Torquay beach is a favourite for all levels, and Bells beach is popular for the Rip Curl Competitions, both close to the Great Ocean Road. But if you head to the East coast of the bay and to the open sea you will find lots of fantastic surf spots like Flinders beach, The Pines, Honey Suckles, Serial and Gunnamatta Beach. The Gunnamatta Beach it’s known for having good waves and stable surf conditions throughout the year.

pic 4Pic by Alex Wigan 

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