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YCW is the acronym of the Young Catholic Workers Camp, which lies on the grassy bluffs immediately behind the beach. A road leads to the camp and a car park on the eastern Smith Point. The beach faces south-east, with basalt headlands and rock platforms at each end, and a 400 m long sand beach in between them. The beach receives waves averaging 1 m and usually has a beach that is awash at high tide. The waves then break over a narrow cobble beach between the sand and the backing 10 to 30 m high bluffs. In contrast, at low tide the beach is wide, low and shallow, with rips running out against each head.
Beach Length: 0.4km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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
Passenger ferry



Topographic rips


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