Four small valleys located between 100 m high Thelma Ridge and Semi Detached Point converge into an 800 m wide southeast-facing embayment, occupied by North and South Era beaches (NSW 346 & 347) (Fig. 4.272 & 4.273). Like Garie, 1 km to the north, this land was cleared early for... Read more
Four small valleys located between 100 m high Thelma Ridge and Semi Detached Point converge into an 800 m wide southeast-facing embayment, occupied by North and South Era beaches (NSW 346 & 347) (Fig. 4.272 & 4.273). Like Garie, 1 km to the north, this land was cleared early for grazing and was still in private hands until the late 1940s. Today the beaches can only be reached on foot down the spur from the Garawarra car park, approximately 2 km to the west, or along the coastal track. The North Era valleys are cleared but unsettled, with a large aboriginal midden on the dune behind the beach. South Era has a thriving shack community and the Era SLSC formed in 1938. Bush camping is permitted at North and South Era, with no other accommodation available.North Era (NSW 346) is a curving 250 m long southeast-facing beach, located between Thelma Head and the central Mid Era Point, with rocks extending off both heads. It receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a strong permanent rip flowing out against the northern rocks. Collaery and Stockyards creeks converge to break out across the northern end of the beach. South Era (NSW 347) is a curving 330 m long sandy beach that faces due east, and is partly sheltered on its southern side by 30 m high Semi Detached Point, whose northern slope provides some of the best beachfront sites on the east coast. The southern beach receives waves averaging between 1-1.5 m with rips usually flowing out against the rocks at both ends, and at times a more transient central rip, usually toward the northern end of the beach. Cutty and Era creeks drain the backing valleys and combine to form a small lagoon behind the beach.
Both these attractive beaches look tempting for a swim, however the permanent rips make swimming a potential hazard and 30 people are rescued here on average each year.
Both beaches can be well worth the walk when conditions are right. North Era has a left break at the northern point as well as a right over the southern rocks, with central beach breaks. South Era also offers a left and right running into the beach with the more variable central break.
When waves are low the local fishermen launch their boats in the southern headland rip to get out to sea. Both beaches have permanent gutters, particularly against the rocks.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: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw346