Kiama Downs beach (NSW 390) is a relative straight 900 m long east-facing beach, located between 30 m high Minnamurra Point and basalt columns of the southern Cathedral Rocks (Fig. 4.316). The beach is also known as Jones and Boyds beach, with the surf club and backing community called Kiama... Read more
Kiama Downs beach (NSW 390) is a relative straight 900 m long east-facing beach, located between 30 m high Minnamurra Point and basalt columns of the southern Cathedral Rocks (Fig. 4.316). The beach is also known as Jones and Boyds beach, with the surf club and backing community called Kiama Downs. A road runs the length of the beach, with the northern half given over to the dunes, parks and the Kiama Downs SLSC (founded 1982), while some beachfront houses back the southern half. The beach receives waves averaging 1-1.5 m, which result in a single bar usually cut by six, including permanent rips against each headland, the northern being the stronger (Fig. 4.317). Rocks also occur in the surf toward the southern end.
Kiama Downs is a rip-dominated beach so stay in the north in the patrolled area, while Cathedral Rocks is isolated and rock-dominated.
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.
Both the northern rocks and the gutters along the beach are popular spots, as are the rock platforms around Cathedral Rocks.Read less
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: nsw390