The main Roches Beach (T 402) commences at the foreland and trends south finally curving round to the east in lee of Mays Point, with a total length of 3.5 km. The sandy beach is initially a low tide terrace, which narrows to the south as wave height decreases to less than 0.5 m, switching to reflective conditions in the southern corner. During larger swell there is a right-hand break out on the southern Mays Point, called Lauderdale Point. The Lauderdale beachfront houses back most of the beach, with beach access at Epping Park reserve in the north, the boat ramp in the centre and Bayview and Lauderdale parks in the south. There are a few groynes across the southern section of the beach, with dinghies stored on the beach. A 1 km long disused boat canal lies behind the boat ramp area and was used to link Frederick Henry Bay with Ralphs Bay providing a shortcut to Hobart.
Beach Length: 3.5km
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