South Era - Beach in Garie Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

South Era

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

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Era SLSC

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Rock pool
Lookout
Park

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
No Spear Fishing
No Trailbikes
No Horses
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
Friday, 3 Apr 6:16

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.


Garie, NSW 2232
Length: 0.35km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw347