Wash House

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Wash House Beach (NSW 180) starts on the side of the southern entrance wall and trends to the southeast for 800 m with intertidal rocks and reefs increasing to the south, where it finally merges with the north side of Perpendicular Point. The beach is accessible at the northern end... Read more

Wash House Beach (NSW 180) starts on the side of the southern entrance wall and trends to the southeast for 800 m with intertidal rocks and reefs increasing to the south, where it finally merges with the north side of Perpendicular Point. The beach is accessible at the northern end via a short walk from the Pilot Beach car park. It is located below the old Pilot Station that gives its name to the adjoining beach. The beach receives moderate waves at its northern end, with wave height decreasing toward the point. It usually has a continuous attached bar, but rips are generated during and following higher waves particularly towards the entrance wall.

Swimming

Three beaches offering the quiet waters of Pilot Beach, increasing rocks and some waves on Washhouse, and a dangerous rock-dominated Pebbly.

Surfing

During higher waves the north side of Point Perpendicular can provide a good wave.

Fishing

Estuary fishing off the Pilot Beach and entrance walls, with rock fishing off Washhouse and Pebbly.

General

Camden Haven Inlet was trained with entrance walls between 1901–1907. The walls stabilised the northern Grants Beach, as well as acting as trap to form the entrance Pilot Beach and act as a boundary for the rocky Washhouse Beach. Extending 1 km east of Washhouse beach is the elongate 30 m high Perpendicular Point. On the south side of the point the rock coast trends southeast for 1.5 km to 80 m high Camden Head, with the small pocket Pebbly Beach wedged in the rocks of the eastern side of the head.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
22°C
Water
23°C
UV Rating
11 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

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Formal parking area
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Shelters
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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.


Camden Head, NSW 2443
Length: 0.8km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw180
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