Chinamans Beach (SH 19) lies just 500 m south of the Spit and is a very different environment. The 230 m long beach faces northeast and is bordered by rocks and rising slopes at each end. The beach fronts a small partially filled valley, with the flat grassy area behind... Read more
Chinamans Beach (SH 19) lies just 500 m south of the Spit and is a very different environment. The 230 m long beach faces northeast and is bordered by rocks and rising slopes at each end. The beach fronts a small partially filled valley, with the flat grassy area behind the beach, formerly a Chinese market garden, now occupied by 3 ha Rosherville Park. This is a popular recreational park with the surrounding locals as well as visitors. However parking is limited and you need to be early in summer to obtain a relatively close parking spot. The park provides amenities and shade, while the beach receives usually low wind waves. Be careful if swimming as the beach slopes into deep water.
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.