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Bawley Beach (NSW 486) is a slightly curving 270 m long beach wedged between Willinga and the larger Bawley Point, which extends 1 km east and provides some protection from southerly waves. The beach faces northeast with waves averaging about 1 m, which maintain a usually continuous low tide terrace, with a rip only forming against the northern rocks during higher seas (Fig. 4.359). The protection was sufficient to permit a jetty to be built on the inside of Bawley Point in the 1890s. It shipped out timber, from an adjacent mill, until the 1920s. The jetty ruins remain, next to a large car park with small boat access onto the southern corner of the beach adjacent to a large rock. A second car park, park and picnic area and a small foredune lie immediately behind the beach, which is backed by the Bawley Point community.
Beach Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 4/11

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Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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