Antechamber Bay is an open, northeast facing bay, located at the eastern extremity of the island. It is bordered by Cape Coutts and Cape St Albans, and contains two sandy beaches. The Cape Willoughby Road provides access to the western end of the bay at the Chapman River mouth picnic... Read more
Antechamber Bay is an open, northeast facing bay, located at the eastern extremity of the island. It is bordered by Cape Coutts and Cape St Albans, and contains two sandy beaches. The Cape Willoughby Road provides access to the western end of the bay at the Chapman River mouth picnic and camping area (Fig. 5.10), while the central and eastern section is backed by private farm land.Antechamber Bay beach (KI-54) is a 4.2 km long, northeast facing sand beach. It extends from the southern rocks of Cape Coutts, past the usually closed mouth of the Chapman River, down to a 50 m high bluff that separates it from Red House Bay. Most of the beach is backed by a 10 m high foredune. It usually receives waves less than 1 m high and has a moderately steep beach fronted by a narrow continuous bar then seagrass meadows, with rips absent unless waves exceed 1 m. The Chapman River crosses the northern end of the beach, with the mouth usually blocked. A recreation reserve is located along the sides of the river mouth and includes two car parks, a picnic area and a camping area.
The Chapman River mouth and adjoining beach is a popular summer and holiday camping and swimming area. The beach is relatively safe under normal low wave conditions.
Usually no surf.
The river when closed or open is always a popular spot, as well as the rocks at the northern end of the main beach.
An isolated but nonetheless relatively popular spot during the holiday periods.Read less
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.