HASTINGS POINT INLET
Wategos Beach (NSW 14) is a popular, picturesque beach up to 600 m in length and backed by an amphitheatre shaped valley near the tip of Cape Byron. The valley was settled in the mid-1930s by the Watego family who grew bananas and vegetables where houses now stand. The road from Byron Bay runs right to the back of the beach where there is limited parking along the back of the beach and a small park at the northern end. The 4 km long Cape Byron Walking Track runs along the rear of the beach.Owing to the passage of sand waves round the Cape, the beach and surf zone can be narrow in some years with rocks and a boulder beach exposed, and up to 100 m wide the next. The waves that refract around Cape Byron produce usually wide shallow surf zone that breaks over the attached bar, with a broader bar and trough occurring offshore when the sand waves are present.Little Wategos (NSW 15) is Australia's easternmost beach, situated just inside the eastern tip of 100 m high Cape Byron and just 150 m in length. The beach can only be reached on foot and consequently is not as popular with adjoining Wategos. However if you are walking round to Little Wategos, or down the steep track from the lighthouse, don't be fooled by it attractive setting and usually low waves. The beach and surf, like Wategos undergo major changes as sand moving around Cape Byron and accumulates before moving on toward The Pass. This sand normally forms an attached bar of variable width. The waves however tend to run along the shore producing at time a strong northward current. Also do not swim out toward the Cape, not only are there rocks present, but even on a calm day strong ocean currents can sweep south past the Cape. It can be particularly hazardous if you diving off the Cape.
The Hastings Point beach (NSW 7) is located on the southern side of the Cudgera Creek mouth, which flows out against the low Hastings Point. The curving 600 m long beach commences at the road bridge and trends initially south. It then curves to the east in lee of Hastings Point, to face north across the shallow sand and rocky inlet (Fig. 4.11). It is an attractive spot with a grassy park behind which is good parking right on Hastings Point, and protection from southerly winds and most waves. It is popular with swimmers, families and fishers, but beware of the deep tidal channel and strong currents that reverse with the tides. The park behind the inlet is available for camping on long weekends and school holiday periods.
North Haven beach (233) is the product of a major redevelopment of the northern part of the Adelaide coast. In the 1980’s North Haven Marina development excavated a large marine behind the beach, with two breakwaters to protect the entrance. The North Haven Beach is now located between the northern breakwater and the older breakwater for Adelaide’s Outer Harbour (Figs. 4.77 & 4.78). The 1.2 km long beach is wedged between the two breakwaters and has been slowly building seaward. Residential development backs the beach, with the North Haven Surf Life Saving Club, a large car park and dunes occupying the beachfront.The beach faces southwest, and is composed of fine sand, which together with the low waves, usually less than 0.5 m, produced a wide, flat firm beach, and wide shallow bar attached to the beach.