Garie and Little Garie occupy a 1.3 km long break in the cliff line where four small valleys reach the coast, with 80 m high Garie North and Thelma heads bordering each end (Fig. 4.270 & 4.271). Nine hundred metre long Garie Beach (NSW 344) blocks the entrance to three... Read more
Garie and Little Garie occupy a 1.3 km long break in the cliff line where four small valleys reach the coast, with 80 m high Garie North and Thelma heads bordering each end (Fig. 4.270 & 4.271). Nine hundred metre long Garie Beach (NSW 344) blocks the entrance to three of the valleys, with the Garie Road running down a spur to the car park and Garie SLSC (formed 1938) located in the southernmost valley. The northernmost valley is more protected, with its slopes rising steeply to a 110 m high sea cliff. The second valley is occupied by sand dunes, with a youth hostel on the southern slopes, and a creek that runs across the beach after rain. The beach faces the southeast and is exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m, which produce 4-5 rips, including permanent rips against the rocks at each end. The bars between the rips alternate between being attached to the beach following low waves, and detached after high waves, producing a trough running the length of the beach. These conditions result in an average of 75 rescues each year.
Garie is a hazardous beach owing to the rips and troughs, so stay between the flags and be very careful if swimming up the beach. Little Garie is usually quieter but the rocks in the surf and boulders on the beach and to the sides create additional hazards.
Best up the beach at the northern Garie Point, a left which holds to 3 m, with beach breaks along the beach and a smaller right over the southern rocks. Little Garie can provide a right on the southern point during moderate east to south east swell.
Gutters are usually found along the beach, with the northern rocks a popular if exposed spot. The rocks at Little Garie are a little more sheltered.Read less
Large unexpected waves
Accessible Rock Platforms
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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw344