Sunderland Bay is a 200 m wide gap in the basalt bluffs, into which waves break over extensive reefs and rocks and around a sea stack. This has produced a 300 m long, south facing beach composed of sand and basalt cobbles. Waves are lowered to about 0.5... Read more
Sunderland Bay is a 200 m wide gap in the basalt bluffs, into which waves break over extensive reefs and rocks and around a sea stack. This has produced a 300 m long, south facing beach composed of sand and basalt cobbles. Waves are lowered to about 0.5 m by the time they hit the beach, which is steep and narrow, with no bar, but reefs off the beach. The Sunderland Bay Estate borders the eastern side, with parking available on the eastern bluffs and at the back of the beach, via a gravel road. The western side of the bay is bordered by the 40 m high Sunderland Bluffs.
A relatively safe beach usually with low waves; however, the beach is steep and composed of cobbles and some boulders, and a heavy shorebreak occurs during high waves. Bathing is best in calm conditions and at high tide, while at low tide, the rock pools at the western end are a popular spot to sit.
None at the beach, however at high tide there is a left hander off the eastern reef that breaks toward the sea stack.
A popular location, with ample spots for relatively safe rock fishing.
A small semi-enclosed bay that is most suitable for a picnic and fishing, with surf out off the reefs.Read less
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General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic198