On the south side of 50 m high Grants Head the coast trends south-southwest for 4 km to the rock training wall at the mouth of Camden Haven Inlet (Fig. 4.97). In between are two beaches. The northern Shark Beach (NSW 177) extends for 400 m between the Grants Head... Read more
On the south side of 50 m high Grants Head the coast trends south-southwest for 4 km to the rock training wall at the mouth of Camden Haven Inlet (Fig. 4.97). In between are two beaches. The northern Shark Beach (NSW 177) extends for 400 m between the Grants Head and the smaller 40 m high Shark Beach headland. It is backed by slopes rising to 30 m and a car park overlooking the beach and a small creek draining across the north end. The beach was mined for rutile in the 1960s but has now been restored and part of Grants Head Reserve. The beach faces east-southeast, receiving waves averaging 1.6 m, which maintain a double bar system, with permanent rips against the headlands, with a shifting central beach rip.
Best in the south in the patrolled area. Rips dominate both beaches, together with permanent rips against the boundary headland and North Wall.
Shark beach is popular in summer when Grants Head provides some protection from the north-easterlies. At Camden Haven the north side of the training wall can produce some excellent banks and waves under east and southeast swell, with beach breaks up the beach.
The base of Grants Head offers a number of good but dangerous locations, to fish into deep water. The beaches and North Wall can offer good gutters which are fished for whiting, bream and tailor, while flathead are also fished in the river mouth.
Open to Beach Driving permit holders between Shark Beach head and access point 1 km north of river entrance. Permits available from Hastings Shire Council and at Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw177