Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Bombo Beach (NSW 392) is an exposed 1.2 km long east-facing beach located between Cathedral Rocks and Pheasant Point. While the beach is highly visible from the northern end it is difficult to access requiring a circuitous drive under the railway, to the car park and amenities on the northern slopes overlooking the beach, with the only other access via a walking track under the railway at the southern end. The abandoned Bombo Quarry dominates the northern headland, with a steep rise to Pheasant Point in the south. A small creek crosses the northern end and the larger Spring Creek drains out against the southern rocks. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a rip-dominated surf zone, with strong, permanent rips against each headland and 3-4 more transient beach rips in between. The rips are usually visible as you drive south and probably result in many swimmers continuing on past to safer beaches. The rips and bars however produce the beach breaks for which the beach is well known by surfers.
Not recommended owing to the persistent rips and often interconnecting troughs along the beach. Stay in the northern patrolled area when the lifeguards are on duty.
This is a surfer’s beach, with most using the northern end near the car park. The breaks are often good and the summer north winds blow slightly offshore in the top corner.
The persistent rips produce good gutters the length of the beach.
- Formal parking area