Fitzroy River Beach starts at the Fitzroy River mouth and runs for 13 km almost due west to the Surry River mouth, at the small settlement of Narrawong. The beach is only accessible at either end, through the Fitzroy River Mouth Coastal Reserve in the east and at the large riverfront car park and caravan park at Narrawong on the Surry River mouth. The remainder of the beach is backed by a narrow strip of 10 to 20 m high foredunes and a backing long, narrow swamp, all of which is on farm land.
The beach receives waves averaging about 1.5 m. These have been slightly reduced by the extensive Julia Reef, which is part of a lava flow that extends more than 30 km seaward of the coast. In addition, Cape Nelson begins to shield the western end of Portland Bay. The surf zone averages about 200 m wide, with an inner bar that alternates between attached bars and rips spaced about every 500 m. Higher waves break on an outer bar.
Beach Length: 13km
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