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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.
Beach Length: 10km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10

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