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Keatings Headland is a 15 m high, 150 m long rock point, with beach NSW 623 trending south of the rocks for 350 m to the next rocky point. The beach has rocks outcropping in the centre and along the southern half of the beach, with waves averaging 1 m maintaining permanent rips at each end. It is backed by bluffs in the north and a foredune along the southern half. Moorhead Beach (NSW 624) curves southeast of the rocks for 780 m to the western entrance wall of the Bermagui River (Fig. 4.405). The walls were built in 1958, with the beach stabilising and developing a foredune since then. Today it is backed by a continuous foredune, and the Bermagui Flora and Fauna Reserve, an area of wetlands and low dunes. The beach receives increasing protection to the east with usually a continuous low tide terrace. However a permanent rip flows out against the northern rocks, and it is exposed to summer northerly conditions. The Bermagui River enters the sea though a 70 m wide trained entrances, between the western entrance wall and the rocky Bermagui Point. Two small beaches are located either side of the river channel 250 m inside the entrance. The western beach (NSW 624S) is a 40 m long narrow strip of sand located at the base of the long western wall, and the end of a curving eastern channel wall. It faces north out of the entrance and is usually calm, apart from the adjacent tidal channel and currents. A road terminates at a car park at the base of the wall. The eastern beach (NSW 625N) lies at the base of an eastern entrance wall and the base of Bermagui Point. It is also 40 m long with a wider sand beach and faces up the narrow 170 m long bay between the wall and point. It is located adjacent to the Bermagui caravan park, and backed by the large car park for the Bermagui boat ramp.
Beach Length: 0.75km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10

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