Handkerchief Beach (NSW 604) continues south of the rocks for 930 m to Nangudga Lake mouth, the lake flowing out in lee of the rocks and reefs of Barunga Point, where the beach curves round to face northeast when the lake is closed. It is backed by an 80 m... Read more
Handkerchief Beach (NSW 604) continues south of the rocks for 930 m to Nangudga Lake mouth, the lake flowing out in lee of the rocks and reefs of Barunga Point, where the beach curves round to face northeast when the lake is closed. It is backed by an 80 m wide foredune, with the caravan park behind the northern half, while the southern half is a spit backed by the meandering entrance to Nangudga Lake, with a picnic area at the tip of the spit. This beach is also well exposed, with a strong rip against the northern rocks, and 2-3 beach rips, while waves decrease into the southern corner. However when the lake is open a channel and tidal shoals dominate this corner.
Both beaches are potentially hazardous owing to the rips, rocky points and Nangudga Lake mouth, when open.
The bars and rips provide plenty of opportunity for beach breaks under low to moderate swell.
The beach and rocks either side of the Nangudga Lake mouth is the most popular spot, with good gutters also occurring against the northern rocks and along both beaches.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: nsw604