Collendina - Raffs
The Scamander River flows though a meandering lagoon to the 500 m wide river mouth. While the river is usually blocked during floods and high flow the beach to either side can be washed away with strong tidal flows through the mouth. The river mouth shoals also produce some good surf breaks. Steels Beach (T 115) commences at the river mouth and trends due south for 4.9 km curving slightly to the southeast in lee of the boundary Henderson Point at Falmouth. The Scamander surf life saving club patrols the area south of the river mouth. The beach receives waves averaging up to 1.5 m which maintain a well developed rip-dominated 100 m wide surf zone, with up to 20 rips forming along the beach, and at times linking to form a continuous longshore trough. When Henderson Inlet is open strong tidal currents and a rip flow along the point. The beach is backed by a 50-100 m wide hummocky vegetated foredune, then a continuous 200 m wide wetland, which links with the lagoon in the south, the lagoon deflected 2.5 km south to the inlet. The only access is in the north from the southern section of Scamander, with a 200 m long walk across the wetland and dune to the northern tip of the beach. When the lagoon mouth is blocked the southern end of the beach can be accessed from Falmouth.
Collendina Beach occupies most of the open bay between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads. It is 6 km long, extending from the reefs west of Point Lonsdale Beach to 1 km west of the Collendina Beach car park. The only public access is at the car park, together with tracks over the foredune from the caravan park.The beach faces south-south-east and for the most part is backed by 10 to 20 m high, vegetated dunes, with a few blowouts. It receives waves averaging between 1 and 1.5 m, which break over a wide, low gradient surf zone and occasional reefs and rocks. Persistent rips occur every 250 m, with some permanent rips against the more prominent reefs. During bigger seas, waves break on outer, deeper reefs.
Haywards Beach (NSW 621, also called Camel Rock in the north and Long Swamp) commences on the southern side of the point and curves gently to the south for 3.7 km to the low bluffs and rock fronting Hayward Point. It can be reached in the north via a gravel road just off the main road, which leads to two parking areas behind the beach and on the slopes of Camel Rock. The main road runs along the bluffs behind the northern section of the beach then turns inland around Long Swamp. It used to run along the back of the beach until it was eroded by big seas in 1978 and closed. The other end of the old road recommences at Hayward bluff providing access to the southern end of the beach. The beach picks up most swell and has waves averaging 1.5 m in the north, decreasing to 1 m in the south. These produce a single, usually attached bar cut by rips every 200-300 m, including a permanent rip against the northern rocks. During high waves, this bar detaches and a second outer bar is formed, particularly to the north. The northern Camel Rock end is patrolled by lifeguards during the Christmas holidays.