Nine Mile Sandhills
On the north side of Euro Point is a 5.5 km long high energy beach (90) backed by the massive Nine Mile Sandhill. The high energy waves maintain a 300 to 400 m wide double bar system, with rip cutting the inner bar every 400 to 500 m. The beach... Read more
On the north side of Euro Point is a 5.5 km long high energy beach (90) backed by the massive Nine Mile Sandhill. The high energy waves maintain a 300 to 400 m wide double bar system, with rip cutting the inner bar every 400 to 500 m. The beach terminates at a protruding calcarenite bluff fronted by a reef. Extending north of the bluff is a largely submerged Pleistocene barrier, which parallels the coast about 1.5 km offshore. This reef increasingly lowers wave to the north, with just one bar along the beach up to Stinky Bay. The steamer Euro struck the reef in 1881. As the ship began to sink the captain steamed it toward the beach where it sank with only the masks and funnel showing above the waves.
These are six exposed, remote beaches, all dominated by strong rips with generally wide surf zone. Use extreme care if swimming along this stretch of coast, stay well clear of rips, close inshore and on attached portions of the inner bar. The safest swimming is at protected the northern end of Stinky Bay.
There are beach and some reef breaks the length of these beaches.
The numerous rips and reefs also mean numerous inshore holes and gutters for beach fishing.
A more remote section of coast, requiring a good 4WD and knowledgeable driver to safely transit.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: sa0090