Sharps Beach (NSW 25) runs from Whites Head south for 1.3 km to Angels Flat Rock (also called Sand Point), the latter providing some protection from southerly waves. The Coast Road runs behind the beach with car parks at the northern and southern end. The beach is composed of fine... Read more
Sharps Beach (NSW 25) runs from Whites Head south for 1.3 km to Angels Flat Rock (also called Sand Point), the latter providing some protection from southerly waves. The Coast Road runs behind the beach with car parks at the northern and southern end. The beach is composed of fine to medium sand, with a boulder beach backing the northern section and a densely vegetated foredune backing most of the beach. It usually has an attached inner bar with up to five rips particularly against Whites Head and the rocks in the surf toward the southern end. Further out is a longshore trough and outer bar. The rips and rocks make it popular with fishers and surfers, but potentially hazardous to swimmers. Lifeguards patrol the northern end of the beach during the summer holidays.Angels Beach extends south of Flat Rock and consists of two parts. The northern section (NSW 25) extends for 900 m southwest to the low Pontoon Rocks, with the southern section (NSW 26) continuing south for 700 m to the northern side of Black Head. The combined beaches have a more southerly orientation and receive waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain up to seven rips cut across the usually attached inner bar with a deep longshore trough and outer bar usually present. Permanent rips flow out against Flat Rock, Pontoon Rocks (which divides the beach), and Black Head in the south. Reefs extending seaward of Black Head produce both good surf and strong currents. Access is via the northern car park to the Flat Rock camping area, or from the road in the south.
These are three rip-dominated beaches so beware. Stay on the inner bar, if attached and avoid the rips, and during summer swim in the patrolled area at Sharps Beach.
Sharps has beach breaks in centre, with the reef and bars around Flat Rock also known as Skinners which offers a good left during summer northerly conditions. Pontoon Rocks in centre of Angels and particularly Black Head (also Black Rock or Trestles) in the south, hold larger swell and big right handers.
The permanent rips provides a good gutters with usually bream and mulloway, with the southern Flat Rock and Black Head offering small gutters amongst the rocks.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: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw024