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... Read more
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'.
Angourie and Angourie Point offer some protection and usually lower waves, however both have rips, while Back Angourie is well exposed and rip-dominated.
Angourie Point is world famous for the point break, but also offers beach breaks at Angourie and Back Angourie, whose variable orientation caters to a range of conditions, including summer northeasterlies.
All three beaches have good gutters, as well as boundary rock platforms and adjoining channels. Be careful if fishing the southern One Man Rock on Angourie Point, as it slopes seaward and is exposed and dangerous.
Angourie is a small surfing community of 300 located on north-facing slopes between Green and Angourie points. It was developed in the 1960s and is now one of the premier surfing locations on the east coast. Three beaches (NSW 47, 48 & 49) are located either side of the settlement.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
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: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw047