British Admiral Beach (KI 56) is named after the British Admiral shipwrecked in 1874 with heavy loss of life. The beach curves slightly for 1.5 km between two granite points that protrude 200 m seaward. It faces west-southwest, with waves reduced slightly by scattered inshore and outer reefs. They average about 1.5 m (Fig. 4.200) and maintain a 100 m wide transverse bar and rip surf zone with usually two to three beach rips along the northern half and rock-controlled rips in the south against Memorial Rock and against the boundary rocks. The beach is backed by well vegetated massive Holocene transgressive dunes that extend 3 km inland to the main road and reach 89 m at Huxley Hill and which extend north to the southern limits of Currie. The northern end of the beach is accessible along the Netherby Road and is the most popular surfing beach on the island.
Beach Length: 1.5km
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