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The main Friendly Beach (T 156) extends due south from the northern boundary rocks for 5 km to the usually blocked mouth of Saltwater Lagoon. It is an exposed moderate to occasionally high energy beach with a rip-dominated surf zone, containing up to 15 or more rips spaced every 300 m along the shore. In addition to the rips there are patches on inshore rocks, which induce permanent rips. The rips and reefs provide a number of beach breaks the length of the beach. The beach is backed by a 200-300 m wide zone of transgressive dunes, which include active and vegetated dunes and deflated surfaces. An access road runs behind the dunes to three car parks behind the north and centre of the beach. Steep wooded slopes rise up 280 m to Mounts Peter and Paul behind the beaches.
Beach Length: 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.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area




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.