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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.
Beach Length: 1km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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