Grants Beach (NSW 178) also known as North Haven Beach, continues south from the 200 m wide boundary head for 3.2 km to the northern entrance wall for Camden Haven. It is backed by a vegetated foredune and sandy barrier, that was mined for heavy minerals in the 1960s, then... Read more
Grants Beach (NSW 178) also known as North Haven Beach, continues south from the 200 m wide boundary head for 3.2 km to the northern entrance wall for Camden Haven. It is backed by a vegetated foredune and sandy barrier, that was mined for heavy minerals in the 1960s, then Ocean Drive located about 500 m inland. The beach is composed of fine sand that produces a wide low gradient swash zone, and together with the waves averaging 1.6 m, maintain a double bar system (Fig. 4.98). The inner bar is usually cut by several rips, with a trough and widely spaced outer bar rips further out. A permanent rip runs out by the entrance wall. A large caravan park is located behind the southern end together with Camden Haven SLSC, two car parks and a picnic area. The nearby towns of North Haven and Laurieton are popular summer holiday destinations with numerous motels, caravan parks and all facilities. Camden Haven also supports a small fishing fleet.
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
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.