Narrawallee Beach (NSW 467) fronts the community of the same name. The 1.4 km long east-facing beach commences at Preservation Rock, a 25 m high conical headland composed of 250 million-year-old sedimentary rocks, with a smaller island 200 m offshore. It trends due south past some central rocks on the beach to the southern base of Bannisters Point, which then protrudes 1.5 km to the southeast (Fig. 4.350). The beach is accessible from a northern car park, which also provides access to Narrawallee Inlet, while the southern half contains a large picnic area and car park. A vegetated foredune runs the length of the beach giving the whole beach a natural appearance. Waves are higher north of the reef averaging over 1 m, while they decrease slightly to the south. Consequently the northern beach usually has an attached bar cut by 4-5 rips including a permanent rip against the rocks. The southern beach usually has an attached bar cut by smaller rips with some rocks in the surf. The southern end of the beach is patrolled during the Christmas school holidays.
The southern beach road terminates 200 m around the southern rock at the beginning of beach NSW 467S. This is a northeast-facing 130 m long high tide boulder beach fronted by a low tide sand bar, with usually low waves breaking across the bar and surging up the rocks. Eight hundred metre along the rocks is Jones Beach (NSW 467E), a 40 m long north-facing cobble and boulder high tide beach, together with several large boulders on the beach and some sand exposed at low tide. It is tucked in lee of Bannisters Point and usually receives low refracted swell. There is car park on the point with a steep track leading down to the beach, which also provides access to the rock platform that extends around the point. The remains of a jetty are located at the eastern end of the beach. It was used from 1921–1941, when BHP operated a silica quarry behind Buckleys Beach, with a narrow railway crossing the inlet and running along Narrawallee Beach, then along the rocks to the jetty.
Beach Length: 1.3km
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