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Machans Beach is located immediately north of the main Barron River mouth and is part of the Barron River delta. Consequently, while it is a relatively low energy beach with waves averaging less than 0.5 m, it has a very dynamic shoreline owing to changes in the river mouth. The beach is 2.5 km long, with a road and beachfront houses backing most of the beach. In order to protect the houses from shoreline changes, the beach has largely been replaced or backed with a rock seawall. The northern end of the beach has a relatively narrow bar, which toward the southern end is replaced by tidal flats up to 1 km wide. The beach is occasionally breached by Redden Creek, with the southern half called Redden Island and the beach South Machan Beach. However the creek may close for years at a time, forming one continuous beach.
Beach Length: 2.5km
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.


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