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Bales Beach is one of the few accessible surfing beaches along the south coast of the island. It is located just 1 km off the Seal Beach Road and has a small car park providing access to the main beach (KI-95) but no other facilities. Extending east of the main beach are two additional sandy beaches, each bordered by prominent headlands. Bales Beach (1) (KI-93) lies 3 km east of the car park. It is a semi-circular shaped, 850 m long, low energy beach, bordered by prominent headlands protruding 300 m seaward, with reefs occupying much of the semi-enclosed bay, lowering waves at the shore to less than 1 m. These maintain a moderately steep reflective beach, with no bar or surf at the shore. Waves do however break on reefs in the bay and a permanent rip runs out against the western headland. Both active and stable dunes back the beach.
Beach Length: 0.85km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10

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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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