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Hargraves Beach (NSW 269) is a 1.2 km east-facing beach that gently curves between Jewfish Point and some southern rocks. Two rocky reefs control the nature of the beach, the northern forming Jewfish Point, which together with the southern reef and Norah Head, reduce wave height to usually less than 0.5 m, producing an attached continuous bar along the northern half of the beach and a steep reflective beach to the south. The beach is named after Hargraves Cottage, home to Edward Hargraves, the man credited with starting Australia's first gold rush. His cottage still stands on the bluffs above the southern end of the beach. The beach is largely backed by private property with access in the centre along two short roads that end at the beach. A good view of the beach is provided from the rocks above the southern end, but no access.
Beach Length: 1.2km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


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