Gillards - Beach in Nelson Bega Valley NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Gillards NSW

Gillards Beach (NSW 653) commences on the southern side of the small northern boundary bluff and rocks and trends due south-southwest for 1.6 km to the small cliffed 25 m high headland that separates it from Cowdroys. It is backed by vegetated slopes rising to 10-20 m with the access... Read more

Gillards Beach (NSW 653) commences on the southern side of the small northern boundary bluff and rocks and trends due south-southwest for 1.6 km to the small cliffed 25 m high headland that separates it from Cowdroys. It is backed by vegetated slopes rising to 10-20 m with the access road reaching the centre of the beach. Waves average 1.5 m and maintain a series of rips spaced every 200-300 m for the length of the beach.

Swimming

These are four accessible though rip-dominated beaches. Use care if swimming anywhere along this section of coast.

Surfing

All four beaches offer beach breaks, with the southern Cowdroys protected from southerly winds.

Fishing

There are good rip gutters the length of these beaches, together with some rock fishing and an open lagoon following heavy rain.

General

Between the northern headland boundary of Middle Beach and Baronda Head 4.4 km to the south is a near continuous section comprising four sandy beaches (NSW 651-654) backed in the north by Middle Lagoon, with a densely vegetated slope rising to 20-30 m behind the remainder (Fig. 4.15). The entire section is located in the national park, with vehicle access to the northern end of Middle Beach, where there is a picnic and walk-in camping area; at Tommys Bay on Middle Lagoon which also provides access to the southern Middle Beach; at Gillards where there is a camping and a day-use area; and there is a car park and beach access at the northern end of Cowdroys.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Nelson, NSW 2550

Length:
1.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw653

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

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.

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