Garie - Beach in Garie Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Garie NSW

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

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Patrolled Unpatrolled Today Change Day

Garie SLSC Inc

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25/03

Tue

26/03

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27/03

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28/03

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29/03

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30/03

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31/03

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10:00 - 16:00

10:00 - 16:00

Garie Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Garie, NSW 2232

Length:
0.9km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw344

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Slippery rocks
    Slippery rocks
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Kiosk
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Toilets
  • Picnic
  • Showers
  • Mobile Phone Coverage

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • Picking Plants Prohibited
  • No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Do Not Drink the Water
  • No Firearms
  • Shared Footway
  • Fires Prohibited

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.

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