Tallows Beach stretching south of the Cape Byron look-out is one of the most photographed beaches on the East coast. The view south to Broken Head always shows the double bar system that runs the length of this 6.5 km long beach. The beach faces slightly south of east exposing it to all waves out of the south and east. As a result it is a higher energy beach renowned for it's persistent rips cutting across the inner attached bar, its continuous longshore trough and rhythmic rip prone outer bar.
North of Suffolk Park Tallow Creek flows behind the beach for 1 km then drains across the beach. The beach has good access and parking at Tallows, along Suffolk Park and at Broken Head. There are also caravan parks at Suffolk Park and Broken Head. If you are bathing stay in the patrolled area at Suffolk Park, or at the very southern end in lee of Broken Head. However even at Broken Head, the domain of board riders, strong northerly rip and trough currents are a feature. Also pulses of sand moving slowly around Broken Head produce a variable beach and surf zone that can at times result in a northerly skewed bar and trough.
Beach Length: 6.5km
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