Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
The main Balgal Beach (840) lies 5 km from the highway and the small settlement parallels the northern kilometre of the beach. There is a store and caravan park as well as a boat ramp into the creek, which can only be used at mid to high tide. The beach runs south-east for 9.5 km to the rocks of Douglas Hill. There are three additional access roads to the central portion of the beach; two of these are off the Balgal Road, with housing development occurring at each. The beach is backed by a low, grassy foredune and receives waves averaging 0.5 m that maintain a 50 m wide, moderate gradient high tide beach and a 100 to 200 m wide, low gradient low tide bar. Waves spill across a wide surf zone at mid to low tide, while rips, when present, are usually weak.
It is a relatively safe beach with a wide, low gradient surf and usually low waves.
Usually only low, spilling breakers that pick up with the Trades.
Best in the creek and over the rock reefs at high tide.
Balgal is a quiet little settlement with limited tourist facilities, but close enough to the highway to warrant a visit.
- Formal parking area