- 28 Jan
1 Christies Beach
Christies Beach 5165, SA
Christies Beach (225) occupies the southern third of a 2km long west facing beach that extends from Witton Bluff in the south to Curlew Point in the north. The southern half is backed by the growing residential area called Christies Beach, while the northern half is known as O'Sullivan Beach (226) and backed by a sewage treatment works (Fig. 4.50). There is excellent access to the beach at Christies Beach where a road parallels the beach, together with a caravan park and the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club. A seawall protects the road, with a ramp to the beach in front of the surf club.) Christies Creek flows across the middle of the beach and separates Christies from O'Sullivan Beach. The northern sewer works are fronted by a low sand dune, with the breakwater of a boat launching harbour forming the northern boundary The both beaches receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves, with waves averaging 0.5 to 1m. This is sufficient to produce a single bar usually cut by rips every 200m. The centre of Christies Beach, where the surf club is located, is partly protected by Horseshoe Reef which lies 300m offshore. This causes the beach to protrude seaward at this point and receive slightly lower waves (Fig. 4.55).
This is a moderately hazardous beach owing to the common occurrence of rips. The safest swimming in right in front of the surf club, where the waves are usually a little lower and the beach patrolled in summer. Watch out for rips and stay inshore on the attached portion of the bar.