Avalon Beach (NSW 302) is a 500 m long southeast facing beach bordered by the 60 m high sandstone cliffs and rock platforms of Hole in the Wall and Bilgola Head. Most of the beach is backed by a fenced 25 m high foredune. The dune extended another 500 m... Read more
Avalon Beach (NSW 302) is a 500 m long southeast facing beach bordered by the 60 m high sandstone cliffs and rock platforms of Hole in the Wall and Bilgola Head. Most of the beach is backed by a fenced 25 m high foredune. The dune extended another 500 m north of the beach, until it was trucked away to build the local houses in the 1950-60s. The Avalon Beach SLSC (founded 1925), a car park, park and picnic area located toward the southern end. A second car park and amenities are located at the northern end of the beach, known as North Avalon. Barrenjoey Road and the Avalon shopping centre lie immediately west of the beach. The size and orientation of the beach results in waves averaging 1.6 m and maintain three persistent rips. Two permanent rips run out against the rocks at each end, while a third shifting rip occupies the centre (Fig. 4.195 & 4.196). The two bars separating the rips are usually dettached from the shore, resulting in a continuous channel occupied by the rips and their feeder currents.
Avalon is a potentially hazardous beach with an average of 58 rescues a year. It is more suitable to locals and surfers. A rock pool is located on the southern rock platform offering the safest swimming. In the surf definitely stay between the flags.
It was here on 18 November 1956 that the visiting American surfing team first demonstrated malibu riding in NSW, leading to the revolution in surfboarding riding that continues to this day. The 50th anniversary of the day was celebrated at the surf club on 10 November 2006. Avalon is still well known for its surf, which has an international reputation. At North Avalon is a left, which works best in northeast to east swell holding up to several metres. The central beach break always provides bars for good waves, while in the south the reef off the rock pool works well with southeast swell generating a reasonable right. Further out along the rock platform and best viewed from the cliff top southern parking lot is Little Avalon or LA. Here the waves suck up over a rock ledge producing a small but powerful wave.
Most fishers head for the rocks north of the beach in St Michaels Cove. Deep sand lies off the rocks in addition to some good rock gutters. However beware as a number of fishers have been washed off. The beach usually has two good gutters including one against the southern rocks.Read less
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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw302