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

Rainbow/bonny Hills NSW

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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Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC

Bonny Hills (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Bonny Hills, NSW 2445

Length:
2.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw174

Nearby beaches

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
    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

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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