The southern half of Waterloo Bay contains two white quartz sand beaches separated by a small granite headland. The northern Little Waterloo Bay beach faces east, is 300 m long and is backed by steep, forested slopes with large protruding granite boulders. Small creeks drain across the northern end of each beach. The southern Waterloo Bay beach is 1 500 m long, faces east and is backed by a low vegetated foredune and a swamp up to 1 km wide. The Refuge Cove walking track reaches the camping area at the northern end of Little Waterloo Bay, then turns inland through the swamp behind Waterloo Bay.
The beaches receive waves averaging 1 m, which build steep reflective beach faces, fronted by continuous bars, with often perfectly spaced rips (200 m apart) cutting across the bars. The rips are more likely to occur on the main beach.
Beach Length: 0.3km
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