Castle Rock is the name of a distinctive rock located in an open bay on the west side of Grotto Point. On rounding the point the rocky shore trends due north for 700 m before trending west. At the inflection in the shore is a 30 m long patch of... Read more
Castle Rock is the name of a distinctive rock located in an open bay on the west side of Grotto Point. On rounding the point the rocky shore trends due north for 700 m before trending west. At the inflection in the shore is a 30 m long patch of sand known as Castle Rock beach (SH 14). The 5 m wide beach faces south and grades into a sandy bay floor. It is usually calm receiving mainly winds waves generated within the harbour. There is foot access via a track, which descends through the vegetated sandstone slopes to the centre of the beach. During summer, boats moor over the sandy bed off the beach and people swim ashore to reach the beach and adjacent rocky shore.
All the northern Sydney Harbour beaches are relatively safe under normal low wave to calm conditions. Some like Sandy Bay and Sirius Cove never receive ocean waves, while Washaway, Reef and Obelisk commonly receive low swell. The biggest hazard to children and non-swimmers is the often deep water off many of the beaches, and boating activity off some of the beaches.
None, except during huge outside swell when surfers head for Dobroyd Point, Grotto Head, Edwards and Balmoral beaches.
The entire harbour shoreline attract thousands of anglers, with most fishing from the relatively safe rocks and many jetties, as well as off the beaches fronted by deeper water.Read less
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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.