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North Tura Beach (NSW 666) sweeps in a broad 3 km long east-facing arc from Bournda Island in the north, to the base of Tura Head in the south. The head marks the beginning of the 350 million-year-old Merimbula Formation, a sedimentary deposit containing shales, sandstones and conglomerates. The steep 50-60 m high slippery bluffs that back much of the beach, are younger (50 million-years-old) Tertiary gravel, sand and clays. The northern half of the beach lies in Bournda National Park and can be reached on foot along the coast track from the Bournda Beach car park. The southern section is accessible by vehicles to the 30 m high bluffs in the centre, where a small creek crosses the beach. There is also a parking area at the southern end, located on the northern side of a second small creek. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m that drop slightly to the lee of Bournda Island and the southern head. They usually maintain a single, attached bar cut by rips every 200-300 m, with rips tending to increase in size northward, and a strong, permanent rip running out along the south side of Bournda Island, when waves are breaking.
Beach Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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Formal parking area
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