Sussex Inlet is a meandering 7 km long narrow tidal inlet, which connects the 3000 ha St Georges Basin with the sea. The town of the same name is located on the western side of the channel and has a population of 1500. The inlet enters the sea in lee... Read more
Sussex Inlet is a meandering 7 km long narrow tidal inlet, which connects the 3000 ha St Georges Basin with the sea. The town of the same name is located on the western side of the channel and has a population of 1500. The inlet enters the sea in lee of a low rocky point and reef, at the southern end of Bherwerre beach and maintains a permanent opening. On the western side of the inlet is a 400 m long narrow strip of high tide sand (NSW 450), fronted by dynamic tidal sand shoals and the inlet channel with rocks to the south. The beach is called both Sussex Inlet and Stingray and is backed by scarped 20 m high dunes, which originated from the neighbouring Cudmirrah Beach. While waves are usually low to calm at the beach, the deep tidal channel with strong currents makes this a hazardous location. As a result the beach is more popular with fishers. Be careful if boating across the bar as it has claimed many boats.
A potentially hazardous rip-dominated beach particularly in the north. So definitely stay between the flags. Be very careful if swimming down the beach.
A popular summer beach with plenty of beach breaks and offshore north winds. The southern reef, called Conneeleys Reef, can produce both lefts and rights.
The inlet and wide, flat rock platform off north head are popular, with very persistent rip holes and gutters along the entire beach.Read less
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.