Long Reef - Dee Why
Long Reef-Dee Why Beach (NSW 314) extends for 1.8 km from the base of Long Reef Point to Dee Why Point and is backed by 25 ha Dee Why Lagoon (Fig. 4.210). The beach faces the southeast and picks up any east to southeast swell making it one of Sydney's... Read more
Long Reef-Dee Why Beach (NSW 314) extends for 1.8 km from the base of Long Reef Point to Dee Why Point and is backed by 25 ha Dee Why Lagoon (Fig. 4.210). The beach faces the southeast and picks up any east to southeast swell making it one of Sydney's higher energy beaches. The waves average 1.6 m being highest in the south and centre, decreasing north of the Long Reef surf club owing to waves breaking on the outer reefs. Between Long Reef surf club and Dee Why Point are usually eight strong rips, including the particularly hazardous rip that flows out against Dee Why Point. The rips and their feeder currents usually form a continuous trough with currents heading into the rips. So be careful.
A permanent headland rip and strong beach rips dominate the surf, so swim with care and between the flags.
The beach and outer reefs pick up any east to southeast swell ensuring consistent and often good beach breaks, particularly down in the central No Man's Land. When the swell is south and exceeds 1 m and the wind offshore the famous Long Reef bomboras start to break. The inner First Bommie holding to 1.5 m, the Second Bommie to 3 m, and the Outer Bommie or German Bank, a huge righthand break, now popular with tow-in surfers. Long Reef is also popular with windsurfers and international contests are held on the bomboras.
The large and persistent gutters along the centre of the beach are popular year round for tailor, drummer, trevally and snapper, while the rocks off the southern point are popular when the seas are low.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Dee Why SLSC
Northern Beaches Council
Long Reef SLSC Inc
Long Reef (Lifeguards)
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.