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McCauleys is a popular but potentially hazardous beach owing to the prevalence of rips. Stay on the bars, between the flags and to the centre of the beach and if you are at all unsure then use the pools. The closest PATROLLED beach to the north is Thirroul beach which is approx 800mtrs. The closest PATROLLED beach to the south is Sandon Point beach which is approx 1km. South Thirroul beach (also called Macauleys, NSW 364) extends for 850 m south of the rocks that separate it from the main Thirroul Beach. The beach trends south then begins to curve to the southeast before the rocks of Bulli (Sandon) Point take over. The southern end receives some protection from the point and is called Bulli Harbour. The beach can be accessed in the north from the streets that extend over the low bluff, or in the south from Sandon Point car park. The central section behind the Thirroul brickworks is drained by Hewitts and Woodlands creeks, which drains to the beach via small lagoons. Waves average 1.5 m in the north dropping to less than 0.5 m in the south. As a result rips spaced every 200 m occupy the northern and central beach but decrease in occurrence and strength to the south.
Beach Length: 1km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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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.