Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Letitia Spit is a 3.3 km long barrier beach, backed by the Tweed River and it's eastern training wall. It is anchored in the north by the Tweed entrance wall and in the south by the boulder strewn Fingal Head. The small historic settlement of Fingal Head is located at the southern end with it's facilities including the council run Fingal Caravan Park, and next door the Fingal Rovers Surf Club and a beach front car park. The Surf Club was established in 1934 and averages 14 rescues per year.
Letitia Spit is a 3.3 km long barrier beach (NSW 2), backed by the Tweed River and its southern training wall. It is anchored in the north by the southern Tweed entrance wall and in the south by the basalt boulders of Fingal Head. The small historic settlement of Fingal Head is located at the southern end with its facilities including the council run Fingal Caravan Park, and next door the Fingal Rovers Surf Club and a beach front car park (Fig. 4.5). There is a nice shady park and picnic area adjacent to the car park and a walking track to the head and the Fingal Head Lighthouse. The Surf Club was established in 1934 and averages 14 rescues per year.
A 3 km long road runs north of the township to the South Head entrance wall, a popular fishing and surfing spot, and location of the intake jetty for the Tweed River sand bypassing system. Access to the remainder of the beach is from this road across the low dunes. The northern end of the beach prograded 200 m seaward following the extension of the training walls in 1962-65. However since sand bypassing commenced in 2000, over 500 000 m3 of sand is being pumped each year from the beach northward across the Tweed, and the beach is slowly receding to its original shoreline.
The entire beach is composed of fine sand and is exposed to prevailing easterly waves, resulting in a double bar system. The inner bar is typically attached but cut by up to 15 beach rips, while the outer bar has more widely spaced rips. At the southern end a persistent topographic rip runs out along Fingal Head, and from time to time pulses of sand, called sand waves, move around the head producing an elongate bar and rip trough. Basalt rocks from the head are also present in the surf on either side of the Club house and patrol area.
Safest swimming is at Fingal Heads on the patrolled section of the beach. Caution is required on this beach owing to the persistence of rips crossing the inner and outer bars, the potential for strong longshore currents during northerly and southerly winds and waves, and the persistent rips against the southern entrance wall and Fingal Head. Also like neighbouring Duranbah, the Tweed River mouth sand bar, channel and tidal flows create additional hazards for boaters, surfers and wind surfers in that area.
The south entrance wall called the Tweed Breakwater offers reasonable lefts during summer north-easterlies, which blow offshore. If paddling across from Duranbah, be very careful of strong currents and sharks. The numerous beach breaks that extend down the beach depend on bar shape and swell. Fingal Point offers a fair wave, with several rideable sections, during larger southeast swell. The banks also depend the on sand waves that move slowly round Fingal Head
Rock fishing is popular off South Wall, with a permanent gutter against the wall, and off the more hazardous Giants Causeway at Fingal Head. Up the beach numerous rips produce numerous gutters and holes, which produce tailor, bream and mulloway. A 4WD beach licence, obtainable from the Council, is required to drive on the beach.
- Formal parking area