Clontarf Beach (SH 15) is a large sandy foreland that has been formed by ocean waves pushing sand deep into this part of Middle Harbour, 5 km from the Heads. The waves have built out the beach up to 300 m, providing the low sandy foreland now occupied by Clontarf... Read more
Clontarf Beach (SH 15) is a large sandy foreland that has been formed by ocean waves pushing sand deep into this part of Middle Harbour, 5 km from the Heads. The waves have built out the beach up to 300 m, providing the low sandy foreland now occupied by Clontarf Park and beachfront homes along Monash Crescent. The park has long been a popular area, with daytrippers arriving by ferry in the 19th century and now by car and boat. The park has amenities, a kiosk and is fronted by a netted tidal pool (Fig. 4.227). The beach is moderately steep, with a narrow strip of intertidal sand, then the deeper water of the harbour. It trends 440 m along the southwest-facing side of the foreland, which is backed by beachfront houses, then the park. It then continues for another 200 m along the northern northwest-facing side, which includes the tidal pool and which terminates at the mouth of a small creek. Beach SH 16 continues north of the creek for 130 m to a seawall and rocky point. It is a low energy, west-facing strip of sand and fronted by 50 m wide sand flats, with the Clontarf Marina and jetty crossing the northern end of the beach. Numerous boats are moored off the northern side of Clontarf and adjacent Sandy Bay, with the Clontarf Marine located on the boundary between the two, providing access and service for the boats.
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.