Sandbar

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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... Read more

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.

Swimming

An exposed rip-dominated beach. Be very careful, stay close to shore and away from the rips and feeder currents. Do not swim near the lake mouth when open, as people have been carried out to sea.

Surfing

Known to surfers as Cellitos, the beach picks up any east and southeast waves, with northeast winds blowing offshore at the north end. Down the beach the breaks depend on bar and wave conditions, as well as the condition of the lake entrance. Following lake opening some good banks can be formed further out to sea.

Fishing

A popular spot for fishing in the lake for whiting and flathead; on the beach for tailor, whiting and mulloway (particularly when the lake is open); and off the rocks either side of Bald Head.

General

4WDs permitted on the beach.

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
17°C
Water
22°C
UV Rating
11 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

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Saturday, 27 Nov 10:32

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.


Sandbar, NSW 2428
Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw210
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