South Golden Beach is located towards the southern end of 14.4km long beach NSW10. NSW10 is a continuous stretch of sand running from Black Rock Reef in the north down to the Brunswick River in the south. Along the 14.4km stretch of sand the following beaches are located from north... Read more
South Golden Beach is located towards the southern end of 14.4km long beach NSW10. NSW10 is a continuous stretch of sand running from Black Rock Reef in the north down to the Brunswick River in the south. Along the 14.4km stretch of sand the following beaches are located from north to south - Wooyung, Crabs Creek, South Golden and finally New Brighton.The entire beach is backed by a low vegetated foredune and 100-200 m wide low barrier, backed from the north by 7 km long Mooball Creek, then its southern tributary Billinudgal Creek and its 500 ha swamp. The Coast Road runs right behind the northern 7 km of beach providing numerous access points, together with a beach reserve and parking at Mooball and a caravan park at Wooyung, before it turns inland to bypass the Billinudgal Nature Reserve, occupied by the swamp. Next is the Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach housing developments backing a 1 km long section of beach; then the older narrow New Brighton settlement behind the next 1 km, with Brunswick Head Nature Reserve backing the southern 2 km. This was the former site of the original New Brighton which, following the construction of the Brunswick River training walls between 1959-1962, was eroded by waves in the late 1970s. The gravel North Head road runs through the reserve to the northern Brunswick Heads entrance wall, a popular spot with fishers and surfers.The beach is composed of fine sand and well exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m which maintain a double bar system; the inner attached is cut by frequent rips, with more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. The reefs and rocks at Black Rocks produce a popular surfing spot, with beach breaks along the remainder.
This is a long rip-dominated beach, with a deep longshore trough, and the tidal entrance and currents at Mooball Creek and particularly Brunswick River mouth in the south.
There are variable beach breaks the entire length, with the reefs and bars around Black Rock offering the best surf with a good right hand break, holding up to 2 m. Just to the north of Brunswick River entrance wall is a right hand reef break over sand and rock, which offers a good ride in moderate to big swell.
There are numerous shifting gutters along this long beach, and the reef at Black Rocks. On the north side of the Brunswick River are Seagull Rocks and the North Wall itself, both accessible by car. All locations can offer whiting, mulloway, bream and whiting. A council 4WD permit is required to drive on this beach.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: nsw10Ca