Sandy - Beach in Palm Beach Pittwater NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Sandy NSW

Sand Point is protruding low sandy point located 3 km inside Pittwater. The point represents the southern extends of the slowly migrating Pittwater flood tide delta. This is a massive wedge of wave and tide driven marine sand that is slowly moving south into Pittwater. Most of the sand is... Read more

Sand Point is protruding low sandy point located 3 km inside Pittwater. The point represents the southern extends of the slowly migrating Pittwater flood tide delta. This is a massive wedge of wave and tide driven marine sand that is slowly moving south into Pittwater. Most of the sand is submerged, with Sand Point in the east and The Basin in the west representing the visible leading edge of the delta. The point has beaches to either side (BB 19 & 20). Until the 1960s they were linked as one continuous 1.3 km long sand beach. However migration of the delta and point has resulted in some of the beachfront properties that occupy the shore building seawalls and eliminating the beach and public access along the beach. Today there are two beaches, the southern Snapperman Beach and northern Sandy Beach separated by 200 m of seawalls with no beach.On the south side of the point is 470 m long, southwest facing Sandy Beach (BB 19). It commences at the southern rocks, just north of which there is a boat shed and slipway cross the beach. It trends northwest to the first seawall toward the tip of the 800 m wide point. The narrow high tide beach is backed by a low grassy reserve then beachfront houses, with public access at either end. It is fronted by narrow sand flats then deeper water with boats moored off the beach. Snapperman Beach (BB 20) commences on the northern side of the point and seawalls, and curves to the north for 640 m, terminating at the base of Observation Point, with the Palm Beach public jetty and a boat shed occupying the northern 80 m of beach. The remainder is backed by a 150 m long reserve and car park for the jetty, then a narrow reserve and beachfront houses. The narrow high tide beach is fronted by sand flats up to 50 m wide then moored boats. Because of the seawall and houses access is only available from the northern end.

Swimming

All the Pittwater beaches have usually low waves to calm conditions. However many are fronted by deep water and care must be taken with children and non-swimmers. Boats are commonly moored off many of the beaches and small boat traffic to the beaches is a potential hazard. Also be careful if swimming in the Basin inlet, particularly in the deep channel on an outgoing tide.

Surfing

Usually none. However during very big outside swell surfers do find waves at Mackeral and even Snapperman.

Fishing

The whole of Pittwater shore and estuary is a fisher’s paradise. It offers the beaches, creeks, kilometres of safer rocky shore, as well as the bay fishing.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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.

Information

About

Palm Beach, NSW 2108

Includes beaches:
Patonga, Fishermans, The Basin, Bonnie Doon, Portuguese, Towlers Bay, Taylors, Clareville, Old Wharf, Paradise

Length:
0.47km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
0/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nswBB19

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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.

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