Manning Point Beach (NSW 186) commences of the untrained southern side of the sandy 500 m wide Manning River entrance. It extends southwest, initially as a low sandy 2.5 km long spit, then as a steep, coarse narrow beach for a total of 10 km to the southern mouth of... Read more
Manning Point Beach (NSW 186) commences of the untrained southern side of the sandy 500 m wide Manning River entrance. It extends southwest, initially as a low sandy 2.5 km long spit, then as a steep, coarse narrow beach for a total of 10 km to the southern mouth of the river, called Farquhar Inlet (Fig. 4.105). This is an isolated, relatively high-energy beach, with two rip dominated bars, and extensive river channels, bars and currents at each end. The riverfront town of Manning Point (population 300) is located south of the spit, with a caravan park between the town and beach. The remainder of the beach is backed by a narrow eroding dune then the rich farmland of Mitchell Island. Mitchell Island is part of the Manning River delta and is bounded by the Manning River in the north and Scott Creek, which leaves the Manning to enter the sea at the southern Farquhar Inlet. A single bridge across the Creek is the only access to the island. In the 1900’s Farquhar Park and Old Bar on the opposite side of the creek were frequented by day-trippers and holidaymakers coming down the river by boat from Taree.
Two potentially dangerous beaches owing to the persistent rips and very dangerous river mouths. Stay on the attached portions of the inner bar, away from rip holes and currents and the river mouth.
The beach picks up any east and southeast swell, resulting in numerous beach breaks with surfers preferring the bars inside the north entrance wall.
Both beaches have persistent gutters, with fishing also from the North Wall and in the rivers.
Driving is permitted on both beaches. Harrington has 4WD access ramp in provided over the dune, toward the southern end, while there is access at Manning Point and at the end of Beach Road.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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw186