Sandbar beach (NSW 210) curves gently to the south for 2.8 km from 40 m high Bald Head across the 1 km wide, usually blocked mouth of Smith Lake, to the southern 100 m high dune covered rock boundary. The name ‘sandbar’ refers to the sandy bar that forms across the lake mouth, which only opens following heavy rain (Fig. 4.120). The beach is backed by 40 m high dune in the north and abuts dunes reaching over 100 m in the south, both of which were mined for heavy minerals in the 1970s, though they are now revegetated. The southern end of the beach and lakeshore also forms the northern boundary of the Myall Lakes National Park. Access to the beach is via the northern end where a road leads to the caravan park and a car park behind the beach. The beach faces east-southeast and receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a single bar usually detached and cut by 15 or more rips, together with permanent rips against both headlands. The northern Bald Head and the southern head provide some protection from waves and wave height does decrease slightly to the south, however the rips still prevail.
Beach Length: 2.8km
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