Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
The Main Beach (NSW 81, also called Red Rock) extends southwest of the headland for 5.2 km to the rocks and reef that interrupt the beach on the north side of the Corindi Beach township. Access is in the north opposite the caravan park and the Red Rock SLSC, a relatively new surf club, formed in 1991, and in the south from Corindi. The beach faces southeast with waves averaging 1.5 m. It has a double bar surf zone, however because of medium to coarse beach sand, the inner bar is often attached to the beach producing a steep, beach face, with widely spaced rips cutting across the rhythmic outer bar. A permanent rip runs out against the northern headland, identified by the prominent red sea stack on the shore platform, and against the rock located in the surf 200 m south of the headland.
Little Beach has the lowest waves, but beware of the tidal channels, and while the Main Beach is patrolled, it has higher waves and usually deep water right off the beach and rip currents.
Variable breaks over the tidal shoals and along the main beach.
A popular location offering creek, beach and rock fishing, as well as boat launching in the creek, with a hazardous bar to cross if heading outside. The creek is fished for mullet, bream, flathead and whiting, while the headland is fished for snapper, tailor, groper, kingfish, mackeral and tuna.
Red Rock is a small holiday community of 300, with a riverfront caravan park located on the south side of the Corindi River mouth (Figs. 4.42 & 4.44). The small river enters the sea on the north side of Red Rock a 20 m high headland composed of 300 million year old red jasper, a red form of quartz. Two beaches (NSW 80 & 81) are located either side of the head.
- Formal parking area