Disaster Bay beach (NSW 710) trends southwest from the base of the Green Cape rocky shore, below the 140 m high Disaster Bay lookout, for 2.4 km to the narrow river entrance. It is backed by a 500 m wide barrier, crossed by two usually dry creeks and then the... Read more
Disaster Bay beach (NSW 710) trends southwest from the base of the Green Cape rocky shore, below the 140 m high Disaster Bay lookout, for 2.4 km to the narrow river entrance. It is backed by a 500 m wide barrier, crossed by two usually dry creeks and then the steep densely vegetated slopes rising to 200 m. Waves average 1-1.5 m and maintain a usually attached bar, cut by rips every 200-300 m with the narrow inlet at the southern end (Fig. 4.435). There is no formal land access, with most people coming down the river by boat to the rear of the river mouth spit. Be careful if boating though the river mouth as it is very exposed and some boats have been overturned.
These are two isolated potentially hazardous beaches with persistent rips and particularly strong waves during southeast swell.
Plenty of beach breaks, plus a right over the variable shoals at the Wonboyn River Mouth. Best in moderate southeast swell.
The bay offers persistent beach gutters, the permanent lake entrance by Bay Cliff, and rocks fishing into shallow water at each end.
Disaster Bay is a 6 km wide southeast-facing bay bordered in the north by prominent Cape Green, a 6 km long 160 m high ridge running southeast, and in the south by the northern slopes of 150 m high Table Ridge. The Wonboyn River enters the middle of the bay against the small headland called Bay Cliff. The energetic southeast waves have reworked the river and marine sand to infill the inner third of the bay with a 2 km wide sand barrier, capped by dozens of low foredune ridges, which in turn are backed by 150 ha Wonboyn Lake. The two long bay beaches (BSW 710 m& 711) lie to either side of the river mouth entrance.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: nsw710