North Beach is the longest beach in this region extending for 8.75 km from the rocks at Bundageree Head south-southwest to the northern entrance wall of the Bellinger River. The northern 2 km, north of Tucker Rocks in part of Bongil Bongil National Park, with the Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC... Read more
North Beach is the longest beach in this region extending for 8.75 km from the rocks at Bundageree Head south-southwest to the northern entrance wall of the Bellinger River. The northern 2 km, north of Tucker Rocks in part of Bongil Bongil National Park, with the Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC is located at half way down the beach, adjacent to the small riverfront town of Mylestom (population 400) (Fig. 4.59). South of the town the beach extends for 3 km south as a 200-300 m wide sand spit, backed by the river. Access to the beach is provided through the Pine Creek State Forest to the beach in lee of Tuckers Rocks, 2 km north of the surf club, and at Mylestom. Moves to form a surf club started in 1921 following a drowning in the surf, with the club formed in 1925. Like Bonville beach to the north, this is an exposed energetic beach with a well developed double bar system. The beach is composed of fine sand which tends to produce a continuous attached bar, occasionally cut by rips, and fronted by a wide, deep trough swept by strong currents, with the outer bar further offshore. Toward the south the river mouth channels associated with the Bellinger River often swing to the north along the beach, creating a deep channel with strong tidal flows (Fig. 4.60).
This is a potentially hazardous beach, so stay at Mylestom and between the flags. Elsewhere stay on the attached inner bar and out of the trough. Be very careful near the Bellinger River mouth.
Not a popular surf spot, waves tend to close out on the inner bar. Occasional better waves on the outer bar.
Tucker Rocks and Bundageree Head provide the best holes, with shifting gutters along the beach which are fished for tailor, mulloway, whiting and bream, while in the south the deep river channel can be fished at North Wall. Worms and pippis are obtained from the beach. Beach driving is allowed north of Tucker Rocks.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC
North Beach (Lifeguards)
Large unexpected waves
High Tide Range
Accessible Rock Platforms
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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw116