- Beach Number:
- SA - Tilley Swamp
- Post Code:
- General Beach Hazard Rating:
- 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
The 32 Mile Crossing begins about 1 km south of where the old highway rejoins the new highway. It crosses a causeway over the salt lake bed, then runs for 2 km through the dunes to reach the beach. The 6 km of beach (148I) between 32 Mile and 42 Mile Crossing is similar to that to the south, with the coarse shell continuing to dominate the beach face, fronted by a high wave 400 to 500 m wide surf zone.
Swimming conditions range from relatively safe along the Lacapede Bay beaches, to moderately safe up to The Granites, and then increasingly hazardous as the higher energy beaches north of The Granites are encountered. The biggest problems are large scale rips in the inner surf zone spaced approximately every 500 m, strong set-up and set-down which produced strong seaward flowing currents, and the big surf. Always be very careful if entering the surf anywhere north of Blackford Drain.
There is 160 km of beach breaks along The Coorong, it’s just a matter of driving along until you see a break that suits you. The better waves break on the outer bar which can mean a 400 to 500 m paddle. So its best to be fit and surf with friends.
The Coorong is a very popular beach for fishing, with the majority of the 4WD vehicles belonging to fishers. During summer and weekends they set up many camps along the beach.
Australia’s longest beach, which grades from no waves to one of the world’s highest energy beaches. It is a spectacular beach backed by extensive dune north of The Granites, very accessible by 4WD, and with many kilometres of beach camping. However outside of Kings Camp and Kingston SE there are no facilities, apart from the camp sites.