The southern Windang half the beach (NSW 379b, also known as South Beach) has developed since the 1950s and the opening of the bridge across the entrance to Lake Illawarra, with the Windang SLSC established in 1957. It has a large car park, with a caravan park on the northern... Read more
The southern Windang half the beach (NSW 379b, also known as South Beach) has developed since the 1950s and the opening of the bridge across the entrance to Lake Illawarra, with the Windang SLSC established in 1957. It has a large car park, with a caravan park on the northern side and the lake entrance channel on the south side, with park and picnic facilities along the shore. Waves are a little lower at this end of the beach however rips continue to dominate, with the intervening bars usually attached to the shore (Fig. 4.306). The lake entrance was trained in 2000, with the construction of an internal rock training wall and an outer rock wall connecting to Windang Island. As a result the lake now only flows out across the southern end Windang Beach.
This is a long rip-dominated beach, so definitely stay between the flags at both ends. In the south also stay clear of the lake entrance, which has strong tidal flows.
A good surfing beach offering plenty of swell and often excellent beach breaks on the inner and outer bar, the latter holding to 2 m. The north end is also popular in the summer when the north winds blow offshore. Just off the north side of Windang Island is a patchy reef called Sharkies offering lefts and rights.
The northern rocks at Red Point have a deep gutter running out from the beach and rock gutters further out. Good gutters run all the way down the beach, with the Windang Beach and the lake entrance always popular spots. Windang Island has wide flat rock platforms all round, and offers good spots on all sides.Read less
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.