South of Lake Cathie entrance the beach (NSW 173) continues due south-southwest for 1.9 km to the low Middle Rock Point, a collection of rocks that causes a slight protrusion in the sandy beach. Lake Cathie settlement follows the back of the beach providing continuous access. In addition there is a grassy park and picnic area on the south shore of the lake entrance and a car park behind Middle Rock Point, which also provides 4WD access to the next beach south. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m and with the fine beach sand maintain a well-developed double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached and cut by rips every 300-400 m, with a deep trough and outer bar further out. A permanent rip runs out against Middle Rock Point, and when the lake is open strong tidal currents sweep the entrance.
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.