South of Dune Rocks are 1.5 km of rock-dominated shore that end at 40 km high Point Lookout. There are three beaches along this section; the longer Frenchmans Bay, backed by 50 to 70 m high bluffs, and two small, rock-bound beaches located in gorges in the cliff face.North Gorge... Read more
South of Dune Rocks are 1.5 km of rock-dominated shore that end at 40 km high Point Lookout. There are three beaches along this section; the longer Frenchmans Bay, backed by 50 to 70 m high bluffs, and two small, rock-bound beaches located in gorges in the cliff face.North Gorge lies out on Point Lookout and is located in a 50 m wide, 40 m deep, 300 m long gap in the rocks. The small sand beach (1586) is wedged deep in the gorge, with access via a walkway from the main road. Rock platforms border each side of the gorge and a sand bar of sorts is usually located toward the entrance. While waves are relatively low by the time they break over the bar and squeeze into the gorge, this is a very hazardous place to swim in the surf. Waves build water up against the beach and then pulse seaward every minute or so, forming a rip that drains the entire gorge.
These are two hazardous beaches, suitable for sunbathing, but be very cautious if swimming off the beaches as both are rip-dominated, with the Gorge particularly hazardous.
Frenchmans Bay can have good beach breaks over the bars when southerlies are blowing offshore.
Both are popular fishing locations owing to the rips and rocks at Frenchmans, and the rather hazardous rock platforms at the Gorge. Rock fishers should use care at both locations.
Two exposed and very different beaches connected by a scenic walkway around the point.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: 8/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1586