North of Balcombe Creek is a near continuous strip of beach, including 900 m long Mount Martha North, 600 m long Hawker Beach and the smaller, 120 m long Craigie Beach. They all face west-north-west and are separated by small sandstone bluffs, with bluffs behind the beaches that steepen... Read more
North of Balcombe Creek is a near continuous strip of beach, including 900 m long Mount Martha North, 600 m long Hawker Beach and the smaller, 120 m long Craigie Beach. They all face west-north-west and are separated by small sandstone bluffs, with bluffs behind the beaches that steepen and increase in height towards Hawker Beach. The Esplanade parallels the shore on top of the bluffs. There is a car park and easy access on the north side of the creek. However, to reach Hawker and Craigie Beaches requires a walk up the beach or a steep climb down the 20 m high bluffs. There are numerous boat sheds lining the rear of Mount Martha North and Hawker Beaches. At Hawker Beach, a seawall fronts the boat sheds to protect them from erosion that has narrowed the beach, as far as the seawall in some places.The three beaches are exposed to westerly winds and waves, with storm waves building the rhythmic bar and beach. The rips are inactive under low waves, but will contain strong currents during strong winds and accompanying waves.
Three moderately safe beaches when waves are low, however, still watch the variable water depth off the beach owing to the bars, channels and rip holes. Use care if there are any waves breaking, as the rips will be flowing.
Only when there is a strong westerly, with a chance of wind waves over the bars.
Usually a good, relatively deep trough along the beach with rip holes.
Three narrow beaches: the first two backed by boat sheds and bluffs, and the third, Craigie, offering a more isolated pocket beachRead 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.