Bluff Beach (NSW 39) curves from Frazer Reef for 1.2 km south to the prominent 30 m high Iluka Bluff. This is the most popular surfing beach of the five, owing to the reasonable access from the car park located at both ends, and the moderate waves which produce a... Read more
Bluff Beach (NSW 39) curves from Frazer Reef for 1.2 km south to the prominent 30 m high Iluka Bluff. This is the most popular surfing beach of the five, owing to the reasonable access from the car park located at both ends, and the moderate waves which produce a single attached bar. Wave energy is highest in the centre of the beach where it can produce good surf and two to three strong rips cutting the bar. Towards each end, and particularly to the south, the reefs reduce the waves to form a continuous bar with no rips and less hazardous swimming conditions. The southern end has a large car park and is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays. The car park also leads to a access track to 30 m high Iluka Bluff which has viewing platforms.
These six beaches range from low to moderately hazardous. If swimming head for the quieter Woody Bay and the southern end of Bluff Beach, which is patrolled during the summer holidays. Avoid swimming on the rip-dominated beaches.
Woody Bay usually has only a low shore break. Back Beach provides the largest and most consistent beach breaks in the north with the southern point providing a right hand break. Fraser Reef is only a shore break, however the southern side of the reef can produce a good wave over the reef and bars. Also reasonable reef/bar break on the north side of the Bluff during south-east waves. Iluka Beach has variable beach breaks, with potential for good waves against the northern Bluff, during north easterlies. In the south, when the bars are right, the entrance wall (North Wall) can hold reasonable waves up to 3 m during east to south-east swell conditions.
Many fishers come to camp at Woody Bay and fish the surrounding beaches and rocks for tailor, bream, flathead, snapper and jewfish, and to launch their boats to go out to the reefs. Woody Head, Second Bluff, Frazer Reef, Iluka Reef and the North Wall are all popular rock fishing spots, with permanent gutters against the rocks on most of the small beaches. Be wary if walking or fishing on the extensive shore platforms that surround each headland. Waves wash over these platforms and rising tides can trap the unwary. There is 4WD access to Iluka Beach, north of the southern access track.
The southernmost section of Bundjalung National Park, between Shark Bay and the northern Clarence River entrance wall includes six small beaches (NSW 36-40A) separated by headlands composed of 200 million year old Triassic sandstones. The park provides good access to all beaches, with a popular camping area at Woody Head, and the fishing town of Iluka providing a base for visitors.Read less
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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: nsw039