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Washaway Beach (SH 13) as the name implies is occasionally washed away. When fully present the beach is up to 200 m long and faces due east toward Sydney Harbour entrance. Consequently, it is the highest energy of the harbour beaches with waves averaging 0.5 m, but increasing as outside swell picks up. During high waves the thin veneer of sand is literally washed away, exposing massive slabs of sandstone, with at best patches of sand visible at low tide. The sand returns slowly during calmer conditions (Fig. 4.226). The beach is located at the base of 20 m high cliffs and can be reached on foot from Grotto Point Reserve and via a steep climb down the rocks at the northern end of the beach.
Beach Length: 0.1km

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.





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.