Chinamans Beach (NSW 419) is a sheltered spit of vegetated sand that has formed in between the lee of Green Point and its reef, Green Island, at the mouth of Carama Creek. The curving 1.4 km long narrow ridge of vegetated sand faces north, then northwest, and is fronted by intertidal sand flats up to 600 m wide. Wave energy is negligible and mangroves are scattered along the inner part of the flats and lower beach. The creek trends 1.5 km to the northeast to the rear of the oceanic Currarong Beach (NSW 404). Hare Bay beach (NSW 420) commences on the northern side of the 300 m wide creek mouth and curves for 2.7 km to the northwest then west. The first 800 m are fronted by the tidal sand flats that narrow and merge with the low gradient reflective beach. These continue to the western boundary at the low Red Point, with seagrass growing to within 50 m of the shore. The beach is backed by a 400 m wide low, well-vegetated, regressive barrier; then the meandering Carama Creek and 400 ha Cabbage Tree Swamp. It is accessible by gravel road to Red Point, where there is a picnic area and toilets.
Beach Length: 1.8km
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