Lighthouse Beach (NSW 172) trends straight southwest from Watonga Rocks for 10.2 km, to the usually closed entrance to Lake Cathie (Fig. 4.94). The northern kilometre is backed by residential housing, then a caravan park and golf course, with a small creek draining across the beach 500 m south of... Read more
Lighthouse Beach (NSW 172) trends straight southwest from Watonga Rocks for 10.2 km, to the usually closed entrance to Lake Cathie (Fig. 4.94). The northern kilometre is backed by residential housing, then a caravan park and golf course, with a small creek draining across the beach 500 m south of the rocks. Most of the beach is backed by a natural 10-20 m high foredune, then Ocean Drive, with a few access points towards the southern end. Much of the western side of the road is part of the Lake Innes Nature Reserve, which includes the 700 ha Lake Innes and 50 ha Lake Cathie, each connected by Cathie Creek. The entire beach has a well-developed double bar system, with an attached inner bar often cut by rips every 300-400 m, and an outer bar with more widely spaced rips. The long beach is backed by a natural foredune, and in the south Pleistocene coffee rock outcrops on the beach.
These are two attractive but potentially hazardous beaches owing to the frequent rips and deep trough. If swimming, stay close inshore on the attached inner bars and avoid the rips and currents. Be very careful when the lake entrance is open and around Middle Rocks.
Numerous beach breaks whose quality depends on bar and wave conditions. In the south Middle Rock can provide reasonable waves during east and southeast swell.
The beach usually has gutters crossing the inner bar, and a long trough just seaward. Lake Cathie is a popular spot, particularly when the lake is open, offering both prawning in the lake and good gutters on the beach both sides of the lake entrance, which are fished for whiting, bream, mulloway and tailor.
Driving permitted south of Matthew Flinders Drive. Closed to all vehicles at Lake Cathie between Dirah St and Middle Rock Rd. Permit required from Hastings Shire Council.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: nsw172