- 28 Jan
1 Dalmeny Beach
Dalmeny 2546, NSW
Brou Beach (NSW 590) is 6.5 km long running essentially due south from Jemisons Point to the serrated Mummuga Head at Dalmeny. It is a long and interesting beach backed by three lakes. In the north is the smaller Lake Tarourga, which exists occasionally against Jemisons Point, with the larger Lake Brou in the centre, and equally large Lake Mummuga in the south which exits hard against the southern rocks. In addition between the two larger lakes is a 1.5 km section of low bluffs whose relatively young clays (less than 60 million years old), are often eroded by the waves producing coloured plumes of water which trace the rips and other currents. In addition there are rock reefs in the surf. This system should one day become a National Park. In the mean time it is accessible in the north from Jemison Beach and in the south from Dalmeny, or by boat across Brou Lake, from the camping area on the western shore of the lake, in Bodolla State Forest. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain a continuous usually attached bar, cut by rips every 200-300 m, with permanent rips against Jemisons Point and Mummuga Head, and against some of the central reefs. The medium to coarse beach sand produces a steep beach face and during low waves a strong shore break and surge may occur up the beach.
Be careful if swimming on this beach as most of it is isolated and rip-dominated. At Dalmeny the beach is patrolled in summer and this is the best place to swim, though rips are still common.