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Broken Head Nature Reserve occupies 3 km of rocky coast between Broken Head and Jews Point. The reserve protects the northernmost area of native coastal rain forest in NSW. Access to the Reserve and its four beaches is from the Broken Head camping area or headland car park or from... Read more

Broken Head Nature Reserve occupies 3 km of rocky coast between Broken Head and Jews Point. The reserve protects the northernmost area of native coastal rain forest in NSW. Access to the Reserve and its four beaches is from the Broken Head camping area or headland car park or from the road that winds its way down to the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, where it dead ends. The Reserve offers four natural beaches fringed by jagged, broken metamorphic rocks and sea stacks, and backed by steep slopes covered in sub-tropical rain forests.The four beaches are, King's 1 (NSW 17), a small beach up to 100 m long (when present) with numerous rock outcrops. King's 2 (NSW 18) is a 250 m long permanent beach and closest to the southern car park. Bray's Beach (NSW 19) is also 250 m long, backed by a rear cobble beach and can only be reached along the track south of Kings. White's Beach (NSW 20) can be up to 350 m in length, but more often is broken into three small pockets of sand, backed by cobble beaches, but sharing a common rip-dominated surf zone. Wave energy is relatively high on all beaches, with rips usually crossing the attached inner bar, against all headlands and on the outer bar, with strong currents sweeping the intervening trough. Furthermore sand pulses moving north from Seven Mile Beach to Broken Head Beach result in variable beach width, length and topography, which at times can expose numerous rocks. In fact Kings Beach 1 is not always there, while the northern end of White's Beach may be either continuous or a series of rocks and sand patches.

Swimming

Because of their relatively isolated settings, numerous rips and rocks, its best to do your swimming at Broken Head and be wary of all four reserve beaches. If you do swim, stay on the inner attached bar and well away from the rip holes and side currents.

Surfing

A long walk to all spots for usually an unpredictable beach and reef breaks, both of which depend on the waves and the amount of sand moving around the Head.

Fishing

The rocks and small beaches between Broken Head and Seven Mile Beach offer many spots, including permanent gutters, away from the crowds. They are fished for bream, tailor, drummer and rock blackfish.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
20°C
Water
22°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

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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.


Broken Head, NSW 2481
Length: 0.35km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw020
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