Minnamurra Beach (NSW 389) has the same name as the waterfall, the river and the adjacent town, but is almost inaccessible and little known. The river sweeps behind the beach and a narrow barrier, flowing out to sea through a permanent opening against the southern Minnamurra Point and Stack Island... Read more
Minnamurra Beach (NSW 389) has the same name as the waterfall, the river and the adjacent town, but is almost inaccessible and little known. The river sweeps behind the beach and a narrow barrier, flowing out to sea through a permanent opening against the southern Minnamurra Point and Stack Island (Fig. 4.315). The river prevents access from the town and the only land access is via the Killalea track to a car park located on slopes above the northern end of the beach. Consequently the beach and low densely vegetated barrier is one of the more natural in the region. The beach faces east and curves to the south for 1.5 km to the river mouth. It receives east and southeast swell, the latter reduced by refraction round Stack Island, and is protected from northeast waves by Bass Point. As a result average waves range from less then 1 m at the river mouth to just over a metre up the beach. The beach usually has a continuous bar that is only cut by rips, particularly to the north following higher waves.
Best to the south where rips are infrequent, but not at the river mouth where both strong river and tidal flows and a deep channel are a hazard. Rips increase in occurrence up the beach.
The beach breaks are usually small and of poor quality, apart from the river mouth bars which can hold some good waves in bigger swell. At the north end, below the car park, is a reef called Mystics that produces a good left.
The river mouth is the best location together with Stack (or Rangoon) Island.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.