Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Beares Beach is the surfing beach for Bermagui, located on the south side of Blue Head and facing east into the swell. The main road runs on the slopes just behind the beach, with best access from the car park behind the smaller northern beach, with the main beach backed by houses and a densely vegetated bluff which rises to 40 m in the south. The northern beach (NSW 626) is 250 m long, bounded by rocks and reefs, together with a central reef, resulting in two permanent rips draining the surf. It is backed by bluffs rising to Scenic Drive with access paths down to the beach. The main Beares Beach (NSW 627) continues south of the rocks for 730 m to a series of jagged rocks and reefs. It is a more open beach receiving waves averaging 1.5 m which usually maintain a single attached bar cut by permanent against the boundary rocks and two sheeting central beach rips. A coastal walk runs along the top of the cliffs from Beares Beach down to Jerimbut Point.
The Beares beaches are two exposed rocks and rip-dominated beaches so use care is swimming here. The three rock-bound beaches are difficult to access, isolated, dominated by rocks and reefs and drained by permanent rips. None are suitable for swimming.
Beares Beach is Bermagui’s closest surfing beach and can produce some reasonable beach breaks on the main beach.
Beares Rock at the north end provides a solid footing with good gutters either side, while shifting gutters usually occur down the beach. Extensive rock platforms and gutters extend the length of the rocky shore, though access is difficult and in parts are very hazardous.
Point Dickinson-Blue Point marks the beginning of a 4.5 km section of jagged steeply-dipping rocky shore, that trends due south to Baragoot Point. The rocky shore is backed by steep cliffs rising to 40 m, with the Tathra-Bermagui road paralleling the clifftop. Located along the base of the cliffs, in amongst the rocks are five beaches (NSW 626-630).