The 400 m long North Cronulla section of beach (NSW 334d) is patrolled by North Cronulla SLSC (Fig. 4.261). All three clubs patrol one of Sydney’s more hazardous beaches. Not only are rips present every 200 m, but the bars that separate them are usually detached from the shore, with... Read more
The 400 m long North Cronulla section of beach (NSW 334d) is patrolled by North Cronulla SLSC (Fig. 4.261). All three clubs patrol one of Sydney’s more hazardous beaches. Not only are rips present every 200 m, but the bars that separate them are usually detached from the shore, with an often deep trough running between the bar and the shore. This combines with a relatively steep beach face and at times heavy to surging shorebreak to produce a potentially hazardous beach, particularly given the big summer crowds. During and following big seas a second bar forms further offshore with more widely spaced rips, and a continuous trough runs between the beach and the first bar.
There are usually 10 rips along the patrolled section of beach, with 10 more up into Greenhills. While the southern rips are stronger you have the benefit of the surf clubs and the flags, which you should definitely stay between. When the bars are attached stay on them and away from the rips, which usually lie to either side. When a trough runs between the beach and the bar check the side current and depth before attempting to swim out to the bar, as you can easily be swept into a rip. If at all unsure then there is a rock pool on the southern rock platform.
The deep rips and bars can combine to produce some excellent beach breaks right along the beach, however it depends on the waves, winds and bars. Best following big seas, east to southeast swell and offshore winds. Elouera, The Wall and The Alley are some of the more popular spots, when working.
While professional fishers use nets off the northern section, the best beach fishing is in the south (where the rips produce good, deep gutters), and off the swimming pool.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
North Cronulla SLSC
Sutherland Shire Council Lifeguard Service
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.