Norah Head and most of the headlands between Wybung Head and Broken Bay are composed of the softer shales and sandstone of the Narrabeen Group. The rocks are horizontally bedded, which assists the formation of wide rock platforms, and often well jointed, which gives them an appearance of paving stones,... Read more
Norah Head and most of the headlands between Wybung Head and Broken Bay are composed of the softer shales and sandstone of the Narrabeen Group. The rocks are horizontally bedded, which assists the formation of wide rock platforms, and often well jointed, which gives them an appearance of paving stones, called 'tessellated pavement'. In places they are also rich in fossils. On the north side of Norah Head is a curving north-facing 300 m long, steep reflective beach fronted by a rocky seabed, bordered by rock platforms and backed by low dunes. The beach can be reached on foot from the Norah Head Lighthouse car park located 200 m south of the beach.
These are four relatively sheltered beaches with usually low waves and free of rips.
Usually only low waves, however during bigger seas there is surf on the reef breaks off the boat ramp and on reef further out.
There is a mixture of beach and rock fishing along the shore, as well as the boat ramp for outside fishing.
At sandy Jewfish Point the shore trends south for 2 km before swinging to the southeast for 2 km to terminate at the prominent Norah Head and its lighthouse. In between are four lower energy beaches (NSW 269-272), all sheltered by the head and numerous rocks and reefs. The whole area is backed by the residential areas of Noraville and Norah Head, and Budgewoi and Tuggerah lakes.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: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw272