Prior to the first harbour construction in 1900, Wollongong Beach continued south to Tom Thumb Lagoon, where it formed the northern side of the lagoon entrance. This section of coast has now been replaced by Port Kembla Harbour, formed in lee of two 1 km long attached breakwaters, the latter constructed in 1974. The southern end of Wollongong beach has been replaced by a 2 km long seawall and attached breakwater, while all that remains of the original harbour beach is a narrow 350 m long strip of northeast-facing sand (NSW 375) either side of a small creek that widens though the backing steel works to flow into the south west corner of the harbour (Fig. 4.302). This is a low energy, usually calm, reflective beach, physically relatively safe, but off limits and not recommended for swimming.
Beach Length: 0.25km
General Hazard Rating:
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