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Back Beach (NSW 135) is located west of the town, between the Southern (eastern) Wall and the small entrance to South West Rocks Creek, hard against 20 m high Point Briner. The beach has built out against the training wall following its construction in 1898, and is now backed by low 200 m wide vegetated dunes, then mangroves. The 1.6 km long beach faces northeast and receives waves that decrease in height down the beach, averaging about 1 m by Point Briner. These maintain a low tide terrace, which is only cut by rips following higher waves. However strong tidal flows at the creek and in the deep river mouth require caution. The beach can be reached by a footbridge across South West Creek and by 4WD via the western end
Beach Length: 1.625km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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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.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area




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.