Ten Mile Beach (NSW 35) is actually 17.6 miles or 28.5 km long. It trends southwest from Goanna Headland, past the deflected mouth of Jerusalem Creek eventually swinging round in the southern 5 km to finally face north in the more sheltered Shark Bay (Fig. 4.26). All of the beach and backing older barrier system lies in Bundjalung National Park. Access is only available in the north on foot from the Chinamans Beach car park, at Black Rock via the 20 km Gap Road that leaves the Pacific Highway 5 km south of Woodburn, and in the south at Shark Bay on the Iluka Road. Four-wheel drives are permitted to use the beach from Black Rock to Shark Bay. Basic camping facilities are available at Black Rock with a car park at Shark Bay.
For most of its length the beach is composed of fine sand and exposed to all waves resulting in an energetic double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached to the beach and cut by rips every 300 m. A deep trough separates it from the outer bar. If swimming here stay on the attached bar, away from the rips. Do not venture off the bar unless an experienced surf swimmer. There are no patrols here, no phone and it’s a long way for help. Enjoy the beauty of this remote and pristine location, but be very wary of the surf. Coffeerock outcrops frequently along this slowly eroding beach.
The southernmost 1 km of the beach at Shark Bay is a lower wave energy beach. The bar is usually attached to the beach as a continuous shallow bar, with rips decreasing down the beach.
Beach Length: 2.5km
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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.