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The Basin (BB 11) is the best known and most popular of the Pittwater beaches, used by day-trippers, campers and people moored on boats off the beach. It is located 3 km south of West Head and deep in Coasters Retreat, a funnel shaped steep-sided valley. The beach consists of a 500 m long beach and sand spit that has been built by occasional ocean waves moving sand down into the narrow bay, building the beach and spit across the mid-bay and thereby enclosing the 9 ha, 600 m long, Basin. A permanent tidal inlet links The Basin with the bay and strong tidal currents flowing in and out of the basin are one of the attractions of the area. A shark net is located in the inlet to prevent sharks entering The Basin. The Basin itself is a popular swimming and canoeing area. It has a sandy tidal flat to provide access and a pontoon moored off the beach. The main Basin beach fronts the 6 ha of flat sandy spit, which is now given over to camping, picnicking and recreation, as well as a ranger’s residence. The beach consists of a steep narrow high tide beach, with relatively deep water off the beach. A 30 m long jetty is located in the centre of the beach, while numerous boats are usually moored right of the beach, particularly during the summer holiday periods.
Beach Length: 0.5km

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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.





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