At Governor Head the shoreline turns and trends south for 7 km to 140 m high Steamer Head. In between is 9 km of 50-100 m high sandstone cliffs, with the only access to the shore at Stony Creek and its sheltered tidal rock pool. Steamers Beach (NSW 439)... Read more
At Governor Head the shoreline turns and trends south for 7 km to 140 m high Steamer Head. In between is 9 km of 50-100 m high sandstone cliffs, with the only access to the shore at Stony Creek and its sheltered tidal rock pool. Steamers Beach (NSW 439) is located to the lee of Steamers Head. The beach curves to the west for 700 m, where it is bordered by steep vegetated slopes rising to 130 m, with steep rocky shore then extending for 4 km southwest to St Georges Head. The beach faces due south exposing it all south swell, which averages 1.5 m. The waves combine with the medium, yellow shell-rich sand to maintain a steep beach fronted by a central rock reef and three strong permanent rips, one by the reef and two against the rocks at each end, together with an occasional western beach rip (Fig. 4.338). There is a low foredune, then steep densely vegetated slopes rise to over 100 m behind the beach. Most of the slopes are covered in early Holocene transgressive dunes, that blew as far north as Murrays Beach, but are now well vegetated, apart from one small patch in the valley at the eastern end of the beach, where dune calcarenite is exposed. This is an isolated, hazardous beach unsuitable for swimming. It can only be reached on foot from the Steamers Beach car park, 2 km to the north, the track descending steeply to the western end of the beach.
An isolated rip-dominated beach unsuitable for swimming.
Best with south swell and north winds with usually peaky beach breaks.
The three permanent rips and the western rock platform are all good locations.Read less
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General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw439