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Tatlows Beach (T 991) is tied to the southern side of The Nut, with Stanley located on the 600 m wide isthmus in between. This beach faces east into the open Sawyer Bay. It trends to the south for 4.5 km terminating in East Inlet. The northern end of the beach curves round to faces south in lee of The Nut and is relatively sheltered. This is followed by a 2 km long more exposed east-facing section which has wide low gradient ultradissipative intertidal zone paralleled by one to two low tide bars. The southern 2 km are located to the lee of East Inlet channel and tidal shoals, which widen to 1 km at the 500 m wide inlet mouth. Waves break over the tidal shoals resulting in a low energy beach, however strong tidal currents flow though the inlet and out into the bay. The beach is backed in the north by the town, caravan park and golf course. The 57 ha Tatlows Beach Coastal Reserve occupies the central-southern section and consists of a 100-200 m wide zone of eight low scrub covered foredunes. The main Stanley Road parallels the rear of the reserve and golf course.
Beach Length: 4.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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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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