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Between Orr Point and Point Nepean, the calcarenite rocks and reefs increasingly dominate the beaches and surf. At Orr Point, intertidal rocks and reef flats front most of the beach, with only a small area of direct access to the surf. The beach is only active at high tide and is backed by both sand dunes and calcarenite bluffs. Orr Point Beach is 300 m long, while adjoining Number Sixteen is similar, but is 700 m long. It has a 200 m section that is free of reef, which provides access to the surf. Waves break over the continuous outer reefs, causing the wave height at the shore to be lowered. This has resulted in two steep, high tide beaches, fronted by a surf entirely dominated by the reefs. Access to the beaches is via a foot track over the dunes to Orr Point, and a car park behind Number Sixteen. The car park also marks the beginning of the 10 km long coastal walk through the National Park to Sorrento Ocean Beach and Sphinx Rock.
Beach Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

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