Lady Robinsons Beach (BB 10) commences at the southern training wall for the Cooks River and curves gently to the south-southwest, then south for 5.5 km to the low sandy Dolls Point (Fig. 4.255). This is Sydney’s longest beach and is backed by the densely developed suburbs mentioned above. It is a very popular beach and as a consequence has four local names from north to south: Kyeemagh, Brighton-Le-Sands, Monterey and Ramsgate. The beach has suffered erosion in the past resulting in the construction of a continuous seawall and series of six groynes along the southern 1.5 km, and more recently another five groynes along the Monterey section, in all 10 groynes along the southern 3 km of beach, combined with beach nourishment in 2005. As a consequence the beach, which was eroded back to the seawall in places, in 2006 became a wide continuous sandy beach, apart from the groynes. The entire beach is backed by a foreshore reserve called Cooks Park, which varies from a few metres to 200 m in width, and for the most part has a continuous walkway and bike path, as well as numerous facilities and amenities, including Ramsgate Life Saving Club. The beach usually receives very low swell waves and wind waves from onshore winds. Only during very high outside swell do waves up to 1 m high plunge off the beach.
Kyeemagh Beach (BB 10a) occupies the northern 1.5 km extending south of the Cooks River training wall, with a netted tidal pool (Fig. 4.255a) located 500 m south of the river. The pool is backed by the 10 ha Cooks Park, which has numerous facilities and amenities. The beach is partly sheltered by the Sydney Airport runways and calm conditions to low wind waves usually prevail. The moderately steep beach grades to narrow sand flats then into seagrass meadows 50 m offshore. It can be accessed via a large car park off General Holmes Drive.
Brighton-Le Sands Beach (BB 10b) occupies the next 1.5 km of shore (Fig. 2.55b). The foreshore reserve runs between the beach and the busy General Holmes Drive, with a variety of facilities and amenities occupying parts of the reserve, including a monument to the First Fleet, opposite Bay Street. The beach remains reflective, with tidal baths located immediately south of the monument. Parking is restricted to the main road.
Monterey Beach (BB 10c) commences at President Avenue, as does a widening in the foreshore reserve, which provides space for beachfront car parks, and extends 1 km to the south. The Monterey tidal pool is located at end the of Barton Street and the northernmost rock groyne is located at the end of Solander Street, while the beach to the south is crossed by groynes every few hundred metres (Fig. 4.255c) and was nourished in 2005. This section of beach is located directly opposite the entrance to Botany Bay, 9 km to the east, and does receive very low swell which can maintain a series of beach cusps.
Ramsgate Beach (BB 10d) continues for the final 2 km to the rock groyne at the tip of Dolls Point. This beach is fronted by the remainder of the rock groynes, which generate offsets on the beach alignment between groynes. It is backed by the foreshore reserve, which widens to 200 m towards the south and contains some large car parks. The Ramsgate tidal pool and Life Saving Club is located at the end of Ramsgate Road.
Beach Length: 5km
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