Boulder North - Beach in Skennars Head Ballina NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Boulder North

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

The Tertiary basalt that forms the headlands between Lennox Head and Ballina has been eroded to form two boulder beaches. The first, Boulder Beach (NSW 22), is located on the southern side of Lennox Head with the Coast Road sweeping round its rear with an access road and car parking... Read more

The Tertiary basalt that forms the headlands between Lennox Head and Ballina has been eroded to form two boulder beaches. The first, Boulder Beach (NSW 22), is located on the southern side of Lennox Head with the Coast Road sweeping round its rear with an access road and car parking at the southern end. It consists of a 600 m long high tide boulder beach backed by a freshwater swamp, and a low tide sand beach and surf zone. The sandy inner bar is usually attached with often strong rips located against either headland, and at times one crossing the bar in a northerly direction. The rhythmic outer bar has a similar number of rips owing to the headland controls.On the south side of the road access and a boundary point called Iron Peg, is a second 100 m long steep boulder beach (NSW 23), with little and often no sand (Fig. 4.19). Under calm conditions at low tide it exposes some calm tidal pools in amongst the rocks, however it is dangerous when wave are breaking.

Swimming

Be careful of the rips on the main beach, stay on the inner portion of the attached bar and away from the rips. The smaller beach is unsuitable for swimming.

Surfing

There are beach breaks and a right-hand break off the southern point, which when conditions are right can hold a long ride.

Fishing

Most fishers come here for the rock fishing off the northern Ledge and Shag Rock and southern Iron Peg. The Iron Peg is spectacular but dangerous. Further round is Skennars Head site off the sewer outlet attracting its own breed of fish and fishers.

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Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

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Skennars Head, NSW 2478
Length: 0.6km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw022