Bawley - Beach in Bawley Point Shoalhaven NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Bawley NSW

Bawley Beach (NSW 486) is a slightly curving 270 m long beach wedged between Willinga and the larger Bawley Point, which extends 1 km east and provides some protection from southerly waves. The beach faces northeast with waves averaging about 1 m, which maintain a usually continuous low tide terrace,... Read more

Bawley Beach (NSW 486) is a slightly curving 270 m long beach wedged between Willinga and the larger Bawley Point, which extends 1 km east and provides some protection from southerly waves. The beach faces northeast with waves averaging about 1 m, which maintain a usually continuous low tide terrace, with a rip only forming against the northern rocks during higher seas (Fig. 4.359). The protection was sufficient to permit a jetty to be built on the inside of Bawley Point in the 1890s. It shipped out timber, from an adjacent mill, until the 1920s. The jetty ruins remain, next to a large car park with small boat access onto the southern corner of the beach adjacent to a large rock. A second car park, park and picnic area and a small foredune lie immediately behind the beach, which is backed by the Bawley Point community.

Swimming

North Beach is best in the southern corner, with rips more likely up the beach, while Bawley under normal low waves is usually free of rips.

Surfing

Usually a low shorebreak on both beaches. During larger swell to 3 m Bawley Point has a short, hard right for the more experienced surfers; while when it’s bigger than 3 m the Guillotines starts working, a break for the experienced only.

Fishing

Bawley Point is a well known rock fishing spot, however the sloping rocks are very dangerous when the waves are moderate. The beaches provide small gutters against the rocks to each end, while small boats can be launched from the beach during low waves.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Bawley Point, NSW 2539

Length:
0.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw486

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Public phone
  • Park

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.

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