Childers Cove itself is another small, embayed beach. It is 100 m long with a bluff crossing the western end of the beach. It is backed by 30 m high, grassy bluffs, and 40 m high, red headlands guarding the cove. The beach is low and flat,... Read more
Childers Cove itself is another small, embayed beach. It is 100 m long with a bluff crossing the western end of the beach. It is backed by 30 m high, grassy bluffs, and 40 m high, red headlands guarding the cove. The beach is low and flat, with a shallow bay floor. It has a few reefs and one narrow sea stack just off the beach. A permanent rip drains out of the cove.
Stanhope Bay is the safest beach with the lowest waves, but is the most difficult to access. Of the other beaches, the inner, shallower reaches of Murane Bay and Childers Cove are moderately safe, so long as you do not venture out into the bays. Dog Trap Bay is dominated by reefs and rips, and Buckley Creek, while it often has low waves, has deep water close inshore and at times a heavy shorebreak.
There are no breaks on these beaches, with the larger waves breaking on the outer reefs.
This is a very popular spot for beach and rock fishing into the numerous rock holes and gutters. However be careful, as the rock platforms are awash at high tide and in big seas.
A reasonably popular destination for tourists and day trippers, with interesting coastal scenery and some reasonably safe beaches.Read less
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General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic493