To the west of Kilcare Beach is 2 km of rocky shore that terminates at Box Head. Halfway along the shore are two small adjoining beaches: Tallows and Little Tallow (NSW 293 & 294), both wedged in at the base of the 100 m high vegetated rocky ridge. They lie... Read more
To the west of Kilcare Beach is 2 km of rocky shore that terminates at Box Head. Halfway along the shore are two small adjoining beaches: Tallows and Little Tallow (NSW 293 & 294), both wedged in at the base of the 100 m high vegetated rocky ridge. They lie entirely within Bouddi National Park and can only be reached on foot, down a 1 km winding walk from the car park at the end of Hawke Head Drive. A walk-in picnic and camping area are provided at Tallow Beach.Tallows Beach (NSW 293) is 500 m long, faces southeast, and run straight between the steep vegetated headlands, with some low dunes behind the beach and a small creek at the northern end. Waves average about 1.3 m and maintain a bar usually cut by two boundary rips against the rock, and a central beach rip. Little Tallows (NSW 294) lies 130 m to the south and is a similar though smaller version of Tallows, being just 100 m in length, and backed by a steep, narrow vegetated valley rising to a 100 m high lookout. Usually one rip drains the small surf zone.
A relatively isolated location with rips commonly occurring during east and south swell conditions. Use caution as the rips and their feeder currents dominate both small embayments.
There is surf during east and southeast swell, with surfers having to make the long walk from the car park to surf one of the least crowded beach breaks in the region.
Tallows is used by professional fishers who are allowed to drive to the beach.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: nsw293