Boat Beach (NSW 216) is one of the more scenic beaches on the east coast. It occupies the north-facing Sugarloaf Bay and is protected from southerlies by 150 m high dune-capped hills behind. Prominent headlands border each end of the 550 m long beach, with Staris Rock reefs also lying... Read more
Boat Beach (NSW 216) is one of the more scenic beaches on the east coast. It occupies the north-facing Sugarloaf Bay and is protected from southerlies by 150 m high dune-capped hills behind. Prominent headlands border each end of the 550 m long beach, with Staris Rock reefs also lying off the eastern headland, resulting in wave averaging less than 1 m at the beach. As the road over from Number One crests the hill, a small grassy park, opposite the only store, provides an excellent view of the beach. The beach is used by professional fishers and divers for launching their boats, and a steel winch cable, for hauling in the big open fishing boats, crosses the beach and narrow road (Fig. 4.121). Dotted round the backing slopes are the shacks and weekenders of the fishers and locals. The only place to park is at the southern end, which is also used as a base by the SCUBA divers.
The southern corner of Number One in front of the car park is best with usually a wide low bar and no rips. Be careful up the beach as the surf widens and rips can develop. Boat Beach usually has low waves and a reflective beach.
The point, known as Seal Rocks, is a popular spot during higher east and southeast waves when easy access and a fullish wave make it relatively easy to surf.
A few gutters can occur up Number One beach, however the rocks at the south end are the most popular spot, while Boat Beach is used by professional fishers with their boats based here.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: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw217