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On the south side of Woolgoolga Headland the coast trends to the south for 5 km as three curving, near continuous beaches (NSW 91-93), each separated by sandy reef-bound cuspate forelands. The lookout on the 50 m high head provides a good view to the south. Back Woolgoolga beach (NSW 91) trends to the south for 1.8 km to a sandy foreland formed in lee of Flat Top Point, a reef extending 500 m offshore. Access is provided from the headland and via the tip in the centre. Vegetated dunes back the entire beach, with a low swampy area, including the sewerage treatment behind in the centre. The south is presently less accessible, though there have been plans to develop this area. A small creek also breaks out across the southern end of the beach. The beach faces east and receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which form a double bar in the north, merging to a single bar in lee of Flat Top Point. The inner bar oscillates between being attached and detached and is usually cut by ten rips (Fig. 4.48), with permanent rips against the northern headland and the southern point. When detached a trough runs along the beach linking the rips.
Beach Length: 1.8km
General Hazard Rating: 6/11

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