The Thurra River reaches the coast 1.5 km west of the Mueller River. It also has a shallow lagoon and flows across the beach as a shallow channel. The dunes have been blown for up to 3 km across Point Hicks and now descend up to 80 m... Read more
The Thurra River reaches the coast 1.5 km west of the Mueller River. It also has a shallow lagoon and flows across the beach as a shallow channel. The dunes have been blown for up to 3 km across Point Hicks and now descend up to 80 m into the river, producing a sand choked river mouth. During floods, the sand is washed out onto the beach to continue its movement along the coast. This whole process is known as headland bypassing.Thurra Beach is 3 km long, beginning at the rocks just east of the river mouth and running west then south-west to the first rocks of Point Hicks. The beach receives waves averaging 1.4 m at the river mouth, which decrease in height toward the western end. The beach is composed of fine dune sand and is low and flat, with a 200 m wide surf zone containing a usually attached inner bar, cut by rips every 300 m; and an outer bar with more widely spaced rips. The outer bar is only active during big seas.The Thurra or Lighthouse gravel road reaches the coast at the river mouth and runs along the back of the beach to the lighthouse gate. The Thurra River Camping Area begins at the bridge and follows the river mouth around to the beach. This is the largest camping area in Croajingolong National Park and is very popular in the holiday periods. Bookings are essential.
Most people swim at the river mouth and in front of the camping sites. These sites are moderately safe under average waves. However, rips dominate and bathers should stay close inshore and on the bars, avoiding the rip channels and river mouth, if open. Further down the beach are lower waves and safer conditions.
A very accessible and popular spot with summer visitors, offering a long stretch of beach breaks, which decrease in height toward Point Hicks. Best in a low to moderate swell and northerly winds.
A very popular spot with river, river mouth, beach and rock fishing available.
Probably the most visited and popular spot in the National Park, with good camping sites adjacent to the river beach and spectacular dunes.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic056