Cathedral Rocks/boneyards - Beach in Kiama Downs Kiama NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Cathedral Rocks/boneyards NSW

Cathedral Rocks refers to the 10 m high basalt columns, sea stacks and 20 m high cliff that form much of this 1 km long headland, that also protrudes 600 m east. Much of the southern half was quarried for basalt. Beach NSW 391 is a curving 150 m long... Read more

Cathedral Rocks refers to the 10 m high basalt columns, sea stacks and 20 m high cliff that form much of this 1 km long headland, that also protrudes 600 m east. Much of the southern half was quarried for basalt. Beach NSW 391 is a curving 150 m long strip of sand and cobbles located in a north-facing bay on the northern side of the point, all fronted by a rocks and reefs, with waves usually low to calm at the shore (Fig. 4.318). The beach can only be reached via the Bombo Beach turn off and a walk past the old quarry and down the hill. Bicycle riders can turn off the bike path that parallels the railway line and reach the top of the beach.

Swimming

Kiama Downs is a rip-dominated beach so stay in the north in the patrolled area, while Cathedral Rocks is isolated and rock-dominated.

Surfing

The whole beach offers beach breaks of variable quality, with slight protection from summer north winds toward the northern end. Off Cathedral Rocks is a heavy reef break called Boneyards.

Fishing

Both the northern rocks and the gutters along the beach are popular spots, as are the rock platforms around Cathedral Rocks.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Kiama Downs, NSW 2533

Length:
0.05km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw391

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Marine Warnings

Sat, 19 Jan 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Sat, 19 Jan 03:39
Fire Weather Warning


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.

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