On the southern side of the Swansea Heads rocks is 1.5 km long Hams Beach (NSW 254). It extends southeast from the rocks to reef a sandy point formed in lee of an inshore reef called Frenchman Rock, which also forms the northern boundary of adjacent Caves Beach (Fig. 4.148).... Read more
On the southern side of the Swansea Heads rocks is 1.5 km long Hams Beach (NSW 254). It extends southeast from the rocks to reef a sandy point formed in lee of an inshore reef called Frenchman Rock, which also forms the northern boundary of adjacent Caves Beach (Fig. 4.148). This beach was backed by degraded dunes until the 1980s when Lake Macquarie Council undertook a major landscaping and dune stabilisation program, so that now besides the revegetated dune area, good parking and access is provided towards the southern end in front of the caravan park. The beach is exposed to waves averaging 1.6 m, which maintain a single bar usually cut by three to four rips form with a permanent rip against Frenchmans Rock.
Hams is a potentially hazardous beach owing to the higher waves, prominent rips and rocks. Stay on the inner portion of attached bars and away from rips and side currents. Caves usually has lower waves and is patrolled.
These are two popular surfing beach, with Hams exposed to most swell, with the best breaks are the lefts and rights, known as Frenchmans, either side of the sand spit that forms in lee of the northern Frenchman Rock, while Caves provides some shelter during bigger seas.
The best gutters are along Hams Beach, with the rocks more popular at Caves.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.