Pippi Beach (NSW 44) is Yamba's surfing beach. There is good access, parking and a reserve at the northern end, though few facilities other than a toilet block, with an aboriginal community behind the centre and crown land to the south. The beach faces southeast and extends for 1.6 km... Read more
Pippi Beach (NSW 44) is Yamba's surfing beach. There is good access, parking and a reserve at the northern end, though few facilities other than a toilet block, with an aboriginal community behind the centre and crown land to the south. The beach faces southeast and extends for 1.6 km from Yamba to Barri points. It receives waves averaging 1.6 m, which maintain a double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached and either continuous or cut by rips every 200-300 m. A deep trough and outer bar lie outside the first break. The northern end is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays.
These are three exposed rip dominated beaches. Best to swim at Pippi’s when it is patrolled. Elsewhere swimmers should stay on the bars, away from the rips and boundary rocks.
The northern end in lee of Yamba Point offers good waves during summer north-easterlies. Good beach breaks can form along Pippi and Barri’s beaches, with the more accessible Pippi being the most popular beach surf in the area and site of an annual surfing contest. Barri’s is also known as Rubbish Dump after the access route, while Green Point has a short, gnarly reef break called Spookies.
All three beaches offer numerous holes and gutters, while Pippi is open to 4WD along the southern end. The beach has pippis for bait, and flathead, bream and tailor, with mulloway off the rocks. Beach driving is permitted on the southern end of Pippi Beach and on Barri beach.
To the south of Yamba Head the shoreline trends due south for 5 km to Angourie Point. There are six beaches (NSW 44-48) in between all bounded by sandstone headlands. Yamba borders the northern beach, while the smaller Yamboora Angourie Community borders the southern two beaches, with undeveloped crown land in between.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: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw044