Between Craigie Beach and Linley Point is a 3 km section of rocky coast dominated by 20 to 30 m high sandstone bluffs. In amongst the bluffs are four beaches: the longest being Birdrock at 550 m, while Dava is 150 m and Fossil and Fosters are both 80... Read more
Between Craigie Beach and Linley Point is a 3 km section of rocky coast dominated by 20 to 30 m high sandstone bluffs. In amongst the bluffs are four beaches: the longest being Birdrock at 550 m, while Dava is 150 m and Fossil and Fosters are both 80 m long. Although the Esplanade runs along the top of the bluffs behind the beaches, and there is a continuous foreshore reserve west of the road, access is restricted to a steep climb down the bluffs. There is a picnic area above Fossil Beach.Birdrock Beach is embayed by headlands, with reefs off the centre; while the remainder are all bounded by steep bluffs and rocks, with a seawall also running off the northern end of Dava Beach. The four beaches face west and are exposed to westerly winds and waves which, during strong winds, produce waves high enough to form a bar and rips at Birdrock and Dava. Fossil and Fosters Beaches are more protected by the bluffs and tend to have narrower, steeper beaches.
These are four relatively isolated beaches, so use care if bathing here. There is deep water close inshore at high tide; variable water depth owing to rip holes at Birdrock and Dava; and rips are present when waves are breaking.
Usually nothing, though waves will break over the Birdrock and Dava sand and reefs during strong westerlies and accompanying waves.
There are good rip holes and gutters at Birdrock and Dava, while deep water can be reached off the rocks along this entire section.
Four natural beaches lying below the busy Esplanade, but little used owing to the difficult access and limited parking.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.