Brou Beach (NSW 590) is 6.5 km long running essentially due south from Jemisons Point to the serrated Mummuga Head at Dalmeny. It is a long and interesting beach backed by three lakes. In the north is the smaller Lake Tarourga, which exists occasionally against Jemisons Point, with the larger... Read more
Brou Beach (NSW 590) is 6.5 km long running essentially due south from Jemisons Point to the serrated Mummuga Head at Dalmeny. It is a long and interesting beach backed by three lakes. In the north is the smaller Lake Tarourga, which exists occasionally against Jemisons Point, with the larger Lake Brou in the centre, and equally large Lake Mummuga in the south which exits hard against the southern rocks. In addition between the two larger lakes is a 1.5 km section of low bluffs whose relatively young clays (less than 60 million years old), are often eroded by the waves producing coloured plumes of water which trace the rips and other currents. In addition there are rock reefs in the surf. This system should one day become a National Park. In the mean time it is accessible in the north from Jemison Beach and in the south from Dalmeny, or by boat across Brou Lake, from the camping area on the western shore of the lake, in Bodolla State Forest. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a continuous usually attached bar, cut by rips every 200-300 m, with permanent rips against Jemisons Point and Mummuga Head, and against some of the central reefs. The medium to coarse beach sand produces a steep beach face and during low waves a strong shore break and surge may occur up the beach.
Be careful if swimming on this beach as most of it is isolated and rip-dominated. At Dalmeny the beach is patrolled in summer and this is the best place to swim, though rips are still common.
Beach breaks abound the length of this beach, with additional breaks on the central reefs, however few people ever get to surf this long beach. At the southern end there are lefts and rights to be had over the bars off Dalmeny Beach and a bombora off Mummuga Head that produces a right in big south swell.
The south end is most popular, with the beach gutters and the holes and gutters around Mummuga Head.Read less
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.