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Plumbago Beach (NSW 53) is very similar to Caves, extends for 2.8 km south from Plumbago Head to Rocky Point-Red Cliff. It also has scarped Pleistocene dunes and coffeerock along the northern section, with the larger, usually blocked entrance to Lake Arragan towards the south. The beach faces east-southeast which exposes it to waves averaging 1.5 m which maintain a rip-dominated double bar system, together with three permanent rips against both headlands, as well as the reef 200 m south of Plumbago Head. Up to ten or more rips cut across the usually attached inner bar. A car park and camping area is located at the southern end beside the channel, which connects Lake Arragan to the sea. The mouth is usually closed, but when open, strong tidal currents pose additional hazards for swimmers and problems for hikers.
Beach Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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