Cave Beach (NSW 448) is the surf beach for the Booderee National Park. It is located between the quieter Mary Cove and wilder Bherwerre Beach. It is 880 m long and faces due south receiving all waves out of the south, and to a lesser degree the east, while north... Read more
Cave Beach (NSW 448) is the surf beach for the Booderee National Park. It is located between the quieter Mary Cove and wilder Bherwerre Beach. It is 880 m long and faces due south receiving all waves out of the south, and to a lesser degree the east, while north winds blow offshore. The beach can be reached along the Caves Beach Road, which terminates at a small car park 1 km north of the western end of the beach. The track down to the beach passes the Caves Beach walk-in camping area, a nice spot amongst tall trees. The track leads to the western end of the beach near the cave in the western headland. The beach is backed by a high, but stable foredune. It has a low gradient swash zone resulting in a wide beach and surf zone with higher waves breaking 200 m offshore (Fig. 4.340). These conditions usually produce permanent rips against the rocks at each end, and two more transient rips in the centre. In addition a reef lies out off the eastern point. During calm low swell conditions the beach may appear safe, but the rip channels and low current are often still present.
An exposed, rip-dominated beach, with caution required even during low wave conditions. Do not swim alone and stay on the inner shallow portion of the attached bars and away from rips and side currents.
A popular summer surfing spot. Best during southerly swell, with offshore northerly winds.
Usually good rip gutters against the rocks and along the beach.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw448