Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Port Norlunga is an older settlement based around the port that used to operate off the beach. The port has long gone, and now it is a growing residential area that spreads into adjoining Christies Beach. Residential and commercial development backs the northern half of the beach, with the southern part a continuation of Southport Beach (Figs. 4.52 & 4.54). The Port Norlunga Beach (224), faces west and extends for another 1 km to the red and white bluffs of Witton Bluff. Two straight calcarenite reefs lie 150 to 200 m off the beach and parallel the northern 700 m of the beach. A jetty, that used to service the port, runs out to the back of the northern reef. The main commercial area backs the jetty and the Port Norlunga Surf Life Saving Club is located immediately south of the jetty, where is it backed by a large car park, and fronted by a sea wall.
The reefs lower waves at the beach to less than 0.5 m, which produces a single, continuous attached bar, and no rips. Toward the southern end the beach protrudes seaward, forming a natural boundary with the more energetic Southport Beach.
This is a relatively safe beach owing to the usually low waves and absence of rips. However you should stay inshore on the bar, as the reefs do pose a danger, owing to higher waves breaking over the reefs and currents flowing around and between the reefs.
The reefs lower the surf to a small beach break; most surfers head for adjoining South Port or Christies.
The jetty is extremely popular, providing good access to deeper water and the reefs. The reefs however are an aquatic reserve. There is also deeper water off Witton Bluff, which can be fished from the seawall that protects the eroding rocks.
A very popular spot with good access, parking and facilities, and a more protected, patrolled beach.
- Formal parking area