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Bilgola Beach (NSW 303) is located in a 400 m wide valley, with the main Barrenjoey Road detouring around the back on the valley, a section of road called the Bilgola Bends. The 500 m long beach faces southeast and is bordered by 60 m high Bilgola Head to the north, and 40 m shaly Newport Head and rock platform to the south. Bilgola id afforded some protection from southeast waves by Newport reef which extends 1 km out to sea, resulting in waves averaging less than 1.5 m. The beach has a single bar, which is usually cut by two shifting beach rips, with permanent rips against the rocks at each end (Fig. 4.197 & 4.198). The southern rip known as the 'Newport Express' is particularly treacherous flowing out over rocks in the direction of neighbouring Newport Beach. The Bilgola SLSC (founded 1949) is located at the very southern end of the beach adjacent to a car park and amenities block. The rest of the beach is backed by several beachfront houses, with access from the road at the northern end.
Beach Length: 0.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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.


Formal parking area
Mobile Phone Coverage
Toilets Block M/F
Public phone
Toilets Block Disabled
Natural shade
Change Rooms


Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed


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Accessible Rock Platforms
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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.