Spookies (NSW 47) faces the northeast and curves for 400 m south from Green Point to Angourie. It is a partially protected beach that has a steep rough boat launching facility at its southern end, which is primarily used by a few professional fishermen. The beach is accessible from a large southern car park and from the narrow track that services the boat ramp. Vegetated and scarped Pleistocene dunes back the beach which consists of a single attached bar which oscillates between a continuous bar and one cut by rips, depending on wave height. Rocks occur in the surf to the south and a boulder beach dominates the back and southern section of the beach.
The headland on the southern side of Angourie Beach was mined for quarry stone when building the Clarence River training walls in the 1890s. A cutting for the tramway leads to two quarry pits located in lee of the rock platforms. The quarries, now full of freshwater, are known as the Blue Pools and are a popular swimming hole. Until the late 1960s the old dynamite shed stood on the slopes amongst the newer houses. For several years it was roofed and called the ‘Wavers Inn’ and provided a shelter for surfers.
The focus of Angourie is not the beaches but the point break located on the northern side of Angourie Point (Fig. 4.32). The fast, short righthand break was first surfed by members of Yamba SLSC in 1958. The break wraps around and over the boulders that line the north side of Angourie Point. When the swell is out of the northeast to east it produces a fast tubing right-handers. Tucked inside the point and break is a protected 100 m long reflective beach (NSW 48). It is more often used by surfers to relax and view the break. During low waves it is relatively safe for swimming, but when the surf’s up a strong rips runs from the break out along the northern rocks, known to the surfers as 'Life and Death'.
Beach Length: 0.44km
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