Rainbow/bonny Hills - Beach in Bonny Hills Port Macquarie-Hastings NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Rainbow/bonny Hills

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Rainbow Beach trends south-southwest for 2.5 km from the dolerite rocks at Middle Rock Point to the sedimentary rocks at Bonny Hills, site of a growing community of 2300. The beach is backed by a foredune, then 2 km long Duchess Gully Creek that drains across the southern end of... Read more

Rainbow Beach trends south-southwest for 2.5 km from the dolerite rocks at Middle Rock Point to the sedimentary rocks at Bonny Hills, site of a growing community of 2300. The beach is backed by a foredune, then 2 km long Duchess Gully Creek that drains across the southern end of beach, where it is called Little Vinegar Creek, linking with a second small creek. This area only began opening up in the 1950s with the Wauchope-Bonney Hills SLSC being established in 1959, drawing its membership from the timber town of Wauchope. Ocean Drive skirts round the beach with access only available at Middle Rock, where there are no facilities, while Bonny Hills has the surf club, a park and picnic area, and two caravan parks (Fig. 4.95). The beach is composed of fine sand and receives little protection from the headlands, with waves averaging 1.5 m, to maintain a wide double bar system with an attached inner bar usually cut by rips every 300-400 m, with more widely spaced rips on the outer bar (Fig. 4.96), and strong permanent rips against Middle Rocks and the southern headland.

Swimming

Best in the south between the flags as rips dominate the beach.

Surfing

The south side of Middle Rock is popular in summer when it offers a little protection from the northeasterlies. The southern Bonny Hills point holds east and southeast swell to 3 m on a combination of reef and outer bar, with beach breaks also up the beach.

Fishing

The northern Middle Rocks offers the best gutters and a low rock platform to fish for tailor, whiting, bream and mulloway.

General

Open to Beach Driving permit holders between Middle Rock Rd and Duchess Creek. Permits available from Hastings Shire Council and at Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton. Bonny Hills Beach closed to all vehicles.

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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.

Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC

Bonny Hills (Lifeguards)

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
High Tide Range
High Tide Range
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Winds
Winds
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Beach erosion
Beach erosion
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Long beach
Long beach
Outfall
Outfall
Rocks
Rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery surface
Slippery surface

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Disabled Toilets
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Shelters
Playground
Camping
Caravan park
Skate park
Bike path
Lookout
Natural shade
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Cats or Dogs
No Model Planes
Picking Plants Prohibited
Bombing Prohibited
Pushing Prohibited
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
No Glass
Friday, 20 Sep 4:22

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.


Bonny Hills, NSW 2445
Length: 2.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw174