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Extending south of McBrides beach is 5 km of rocky coast dominated by 224 m high Cape Hawke. A lookout on the peak of the cape provides a panaromic view of the coast and hinterland. Four small pocket beaches are wedged in gaps around the base of Cape Hawke. The beaches and cape are all located within Booti Booti National Park. McBrides Beach (NSW 200) lies 1 km northwest of the Cape and can be reached by a steep 500 m long 4WD track off from the Cape Hawke lookout road. It is moderately protected, 200 m long northeast-facing sand beach, with rocks prominent at either end and in the surf. It is only suitable for swimming on calm days. Immediately south of the Cape is an open 700 m long bay that has two permanent pockets of sand (NSW 201 & 202) wedged in gullies at either end of the bay. The northern is just a 20 m long patch of high tide sand, while the southern is 50 m in length. Both are bordered and backed by steep rocky slopes rising over 100 m, with rocks also off the beach. They are exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m and unsuitable for safe access or swimming. Janies Corner (NSW 203) is located on the southern end of the cape, around the corner from the north end of Seven Mile Beach and can be accessed on foot from the northern Seven Mile Beach car park. The 200 m long beach is wedged between protruding sandstone points, with rocks also dominating the northern half. It receives wave averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a permanent rip against the northern rocks and a more variable southern rip.
Beach Length: 0.05km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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