The Spit is a well known and well travelled strip of sand that, like its neighbour Clontarf, has been built up over the past 6000 years by ocean waves pushing sand deep into this part of Middle Harbour to form the 500 m long and up to 300 m wide... Read more
The Spit is a well known and well travelled strip of sand that, like its neighbour Clontarf, has been built up over the past 6000 years by ocean waves pushing sand deep into this part of Middle Harbour to form the 500 m long and up to 300 m wide spit of sand. It represents the terminus for the marine sand that has been transported 3 km into the harbour. Today the main Spit Road and Spit Bridge cross The Spit linking Mosman with Manly, with the bridge crossed by tens of thousands of cars each day. To either side of the main road are two beaches, both of which have been heavily modified and developed for marina and yacht clubs. On the western side the Pearl Bay shoreline has been replaced by a seawall fronted by a marina. On the eastern side is the east-facing Spit beach (SH 18). The beach consists of a 500 m long narrow strip of sand backed by yacht clubs and restaurants and crossed by five jetties, with only a 200 m long central section open to the public. Swimming is not recommended, as there is much boat traffic as well as strong tidal current flowing under the bridge.
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.