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Rapid Bay occupies an open north-facing valley. It consists of the small settlement of Rapid Bay, a large rock quarry on the southern Rapid Head fronted by a 400 m long jetty. There is a wide foreshore reserve given over to recreation and a beachfront camping and caravan park. The beach extends from base of 130 m high Rapid Head for 1.5 km to the northern 100 m headland. The entire beach and barrier system has been slowly building seaward owing to a supply of rock debris from the quarry site. The shoreline built out rapidly between 1949 and 1949 to a maximum distance of 250 m, however erosion since then has seen it stabilize about 150 m seaward of the original shoreline. The beach (201) is coarse and steep, with usually low wave to calm condition at the shore. It is also used to launch small boats. Yattagolinga Creek cross the southern part of the beach.
Beach Length: 1.5km
General Hazard Rating: 3/11

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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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Formal parking area
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