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Oaks Beach (1498) is the surfing beach for Burnett Heads. It is located 2 km south of South Head. The beach is a 200 m long, north-east facing pocket of sand wedged in between basalt rocks and boulders to the north, and a groyne that was built by moving basalt boulders off the beach to both trap beach sand and help clear the beach (Fig. 4.89). The beach is backed by a low, narrow dune, with seawalls at each end and a road right behind the dune. There is a small park at the southern end, with parking restricted to the road. The beach receives waves averaging between 0.5 and 1 m which have built a narrow high tide beach fronted by a 50 to 100 m wide low tide bar. When waves exceed 0.5 m, rip currents form against the rocks at each end.
Beach Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

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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.


Formal parking area
Caravan park



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