Blinky Beach (LH 3) is the surfing beach for the island. It is located along the northern half of 1.3 km wide Blinkenthorpe Bay, which is bounded by the northern Blinky and southern Mutton Bird points. Blinky Point is composed of basalt overlain by calcarenite, while layered basalt cliffs and... Read more
Blinky Beach (LH 3) is the surfing beach for the island. It is located along the northern half of 1.3 km wide Blinkenthorpe Bay, which is bounded by the northern Blinky and southern Mutton Bird points. Blinky Point is composed of basalt overlain by calcarenite, while layered basalt cliffs and slopes rise 200 m to Intermediate Hill in the south. Eroded calcarenite also lies in the surf along the central part of the beach, while a 10 m high vegetated foredune backs the entire beach. The island airport is located behind the dune, on a low sandy area that links with South Lagoon beach 550 m to the west; the two beaches linking the north and south parts of the island. The beach is reached by following the road to the northern end of the runway, where foot tracks lead up and over the foredune to the beach. The beach is 780 m long with a central 300 m long beachrock reef, which induces a salient, with more sandy seabed and bars to either side. Waves average over 1 m and break over the central reef and bar with a permanent rip against the northern Blinky Point, a second against the reef and a strong rip running south from the reef to flow out past the southern rocks. During bigger east seas the waves can pick up to a few metres and become extremely treacherous. Blinky is the beach favoured by the locals and surfers. It has a designated 50 m long bathing area at the north end, which is the best part of the beach under average conditions.
Neds is the most popular and together with Middle has usually low waves to calm conditions. Blinky always has rips, while Boat Harbour is all rock and boulders.
Neds has three rideable breaks that only operate during bigger seas and hold up to 2 m. There is a left on reefs off the northern boulder beach; a more consistent right over the southern reef-point; and a less predictable central peak. However these conditions also generate a central rip. At Middle when seas are up and waves begin to exceed 1 m the southern point produces a reasonable righthand break. At Blinky the north end is more accessible and surfed more often, however the south end often has better bars particularly when waves are low. There is no surf at Boat Harbour.
Neds is famous for the fish you can feed by hand. All four beaches offer a variety of beach, reef and rock fishing.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.