Cronulla Peninsula is a 160 ha bedrock peninsula, which extends 2 km south of Cronulla Beach and is surrounded by 5 km of predominately rocky shoreline, and whose southern shore forms the northern entrance to Port Hacking. The peninsula has been heavily developed for housing In places a narrow foreshore... Read more
Cronulla Peninsula is a 160 ha bedrock peninsula, which extends 2 km south of Cronulla Beach and is surrounded by 5 km of predominately rocky shoreline, and whose southern shore forms the northern entrance to Port Hacking. The peninsula has been heavily developed for housing In places a narrow foreshore reserve, and a few pockets of sand around the shore. On the eastern ocean-facing shore are three small beaches (NSW 336-338). Blackwood Beach (NSW 336) is a 40 m pocket of sand wedged in between continuous sandstone rock platforms, with rock outcropping on the beach and at times patches of sand spreading over the rocks for another 100 m to the south. It lies in lee of Shark Island resulting in usually low waves at the shore. It is backed by rock bluffs, a narrow sloping grassy reserve and coastal walk, then houses. Five hundred metres to the south is Shelly Beach (NSW 337) a 30 m long patch of sand surrounded by sandstone rocks and platforms, with only a 10 m long section clear of rocks at the shoreline. It has a rock pool on its southern side, and is backed by a dressing shed and the grassy 2 ha Shelly Park, with parking on Ewos Parade. Oak Park beach (NSW 338) is located another 600 m to the south, just south of Glaisher Point. It is a more exposed beach with waves averaging about 1 m. The beach consists of a 50 m long veneer of sand over rocks, with another rock pool forming its southern boundary. The grassy Oak Park backs the beach and connects to Ewos Parade.
These are three lower energy though rock-dominated beaches, so use care if swimming off the sand. The two pools are the best location.
During bigger seas there is a right break over the rocks on the southern side of Shelly Beach, and left and right breaks at Glaisher Point, all mainly surfed by bodyboarders.
The rocks right round this section of coast are accessible and offer several popular ledges and gutters.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: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw338