Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Culburra Beach (NSW 402) commences at the 25 m high Crookhaven Heads and trends south for 3.7 km swinging to the southeast along the southern 1 km. The beach is backed by a 10 m high foredune along the central and northern sections, which in turn is backed by houses and a road that runs to Orient Point and the Crookhaven Head Lighthouse. The northern end has a caravan park together with a car park and picnic area and is patrolled in summer. Down the beach, access is provided across the foredune at the end of each street. In the northern patrolled area, rocks lie on the beach and in the surf north of the car park, and a strong permanent rip runs out past the rocks. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m for most of its length, decreasing along the southern section. The central-northern section has a single bar, which is usually cut by rips every 200-300 m. Rocks also occur on the beach at the southern end, however the lower waves result in a decrease in rip occurrence and strength.
Both Crookhaven and Warrain beaches are rip-dominated, so stay in the patrolled areas. Tilbury Cove is usually quieter and patrolled in summer.
There are numerous accessible beach breaks right along Culburra Beach; Tilbury offers some protected beach breaks in bigger south swell, with a right break also out on Penguin Point also working in larger swell. On Warrain the northern reefs are the most accessible and popular.
The wide, flat rocks round both Crookhaven and Penguin heads are readily accessible and popular spots, with Crookhaven also giving access to the river mouth, while there are some good rock gullies out on Penguin. The beach offers the best rip holes toward the north end, with the boat ramp in the southern corner.
Culburra is a coastal community of 3500, located between Crookhaven and Penguin heads. It is bordered to the north by the Shoalhaven River, which enters the sea at Crookhaven Heads, while 600 ha Wollumboola Lake forms the southern boundary, with the estuarine Curleys Bay also backing much of the township. Three beaches (NSW 402-403) form the coastal boundary.
- Formal parking area