Comerong Island beach (NSW 401) is backed by the two channels of the Shoalhaven River and fronted by the ocean beach. When the northern river mouth closes every few years the island becomes temporarily part of Seven Mile Beach. The island extends for 4.7 km southeast from the river mouth... Read more
Comerong Island beach (NSW 401) is backed by the two channels of the Shoalhaven River and fronted by the ocean beach. When the northern river mouth closes every few years the island becomes temporarily part of Seven Mile Beach. The island extends for 4.7 km southeast from the river mouth and its extensive shoals to the northern entrance wall at Crookhaven Heads, the permanent mouth of the Shoalhaven River. It can only be accessed by a small car ferry via Nowra, or by boat, or on foot when the mouth is closed. A road leads to the back of the northern end of the beach, then down to the southern end, with a picnic area at both spots, and foot or 4WD access to the beach in between. While the rich floodplains at the rear of the island are given over to farming, the 1.5 km wide sandy barrier is part of Comerong Island Nature Reserve and covered in dense native woodlands and forests. Wave energy remains high along most of the beach, decreasing only close to Crookhaven Heads, which provides protection from east and southeast waves. Like Seven Mile a double bar system operates along most of the beach with an attached inner bar cut by periodic rips.
The northern Gerroa end has lower waves and usually a wide shallow bar with few rips, however the mouth of Crooked Creek can cause problems during the falling tide when the current runs out to sea. Seven Mile and Shoalhaven Heads are very exposed, rip-dominated, with a deep trough outside the inner bar, and a long swim or paddle to the rip prone outer bar. It is best to stay on the attached inner bar and away from the rips and definitely away from the trough and outer bar. If the Shoalhaven River is open be especially careful at Shoalhaven Heads and down toward the river mouth as a strong tidal channel can run along the beach.
There are many breaks along the beach, with the inner bar in the north offering wide spilling breaks popular with learners, while down the beach 1-2 m waves on the outer bar offer more of a challenge, with the river mouth bars extending a few hundred metre seaward in the south generating a series of distant lumpy breaks. Out on the northern Black Point are two reef breaks, which work in moderate swell. The right is called Av-A-Go Bernie and the left known as Batchies. Further out is a bombora more popular with sailboarders.
A very popular spot, both out on the wide flat and treacherous basalt around Black Head, and all the way down the beach, where the long deep trough, is fished in summer. The Shoalhaven River and river mouth is also accessible in the south.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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw401