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Main Beach (NSW 55) commences on the south side of Red Cliff and curves gently to the south for 4.5 km down to Brooms Head where it curves round in lee of the head to face northeast. It is backed by a low narrow foredune then heathland down to the usually blocked mouth of the creek that drains Cakora Lagoon, with the growing township of 200 spread along the southern 1 km (Fig. 4.34). It terminates at 30 m high Brooms Head and its associated Buchanan Rock reefs. For most of its length it is an energetic double bar system dominated by a usually attached inner bar cut by rips every 300-500 m, a deep tough and more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. Permanent rips also occur against the Red Cliff rocks and the reef a few hundred metres south of the cliffs. In the south the Brooms Headland reefs afford protection from southeast waves resulting in a broad, flat attached bar, usually devoid of rips. On the head itself a broad sweep of boulders has formed a safe, protected tidal pool between the boulders and the beach and is a popular spot for families. A caravan park and camping reserve backs the southern section fronted by a low seawall. A surf club operated here in the early 1930s indicating its long popularity. It is now patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays.
Beach Length: 4.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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