Front Beach (NSW 137) is the surfing beach for South West Rocks, a fact recognised early with the establishment of the South West Rocks SLSC in 1926. The surf club is located on the eastern side of Monument Point and looks east along the beach, with a small rock reef,... Read more
Front Beach (NSW 137) is the surfing beach for South West Rocks, a fact recognised early with the establishment of the South West Rocks SLSC in 1926. The surf club is located on the eastern side of Monument Point and looks east along the beach, with a small rock reef, called South West Rocks, located 200 m offshore. The beach curves for 3.7 km to the east, northeast and finally north, terminating against Laggers Point. Saltwater Creek exits against the rocks at the foot of the surf club and follows the rear of the beach for 2.5 m. At the surf club access to the beach is across the creek mouth or via a footbridge from the picnic area. At Laggers Point the beach faces due west and abuts an old breakwater, built in 1878 and extended in 1903. The old Trail Bay Goal and a caravan park cover the point, with direct access to the beach from the caravan park.The beach is moderately protected from most swell, with the protection increasing towards Laggers Point. At the surf club waves average under 1 m which usually results in a continuous shallow bar, with rips only accompanying high wave conditions. At Laggers Point pulses of sand moves slowly round the point and into the bay, resulting in a variable bar pattern.
The patrolled Horseshoe Bay and Front Beach are the best areas for swimming and usually free of rips. Back beach is isolated and prone to rips.
Back Beach receives the biggest waves and usually has beach breaks. Bigger swell bring waves to Front Beach and Laggers Point, known as Trial Bay.
Back Beach, South Wall, Back (South West) Creek, the footbridge and Laggers Point are all popular spots, with a boat launching ramp 1 km up the creek. There is vehicle access to Back Beach with a beach driving permit required from Kempsey Shire Council.
South West Rocks is a growing town of 3500 located on the north-facing shore of Trial Bay and adjacent the trained Macleay River mouth. The town has three increasingly sheltered north-facing beachesRead less
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South West Rocks SLSC
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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: nsw137