- 28 Jan
1 Elizabeth Beach
Elizabeth Beach 2428, NSW
At the southern end of Seven Mile beach is the beginning of a 15 km long section of rock-dominated shore, that extends south to Seal Rocks. The first 2.5 km between Flat Rock Point and Seagull Point contains the northern Lindemans Cove and southern Elizabeth Bay, and a total of three beaches all connected by a walking track along the steep slopes. The first NSW 205 is a 40 m long pocket of sand wedged in the southern east-facing corner of Lindemans Cove. Steep rocky slopes rise to Booti Hill located 200 m west of the beach. It can only be reached on foot from The Ruins or Elizabeth Beach, with a steep track leading down to the beach. The size of the beach varies with wave conditions and at its greatest extent provides the small beach amongst the rocks. Elizabeth Bay is a north-facing 1 km wide bay bordered by the sandstone Yes I Know Rock in the west which rises steeply to 100 m, with 40 m high Seagull Point to the east. Two beaches occupy most of the bay shore (Fig. 4.115). Elizabeth Beach (NSW 206) curves for 600 m east of Yes I Know Rock with a low foredune backing most of the beach, and car parks located in the north, centre and south. The Pacific Palms SLSC, formed in 1986, is located behind the centre of the beach (Fig. 4.117). Small fishing boats are launched at the southern end, beside the small Elizabeth Creek that drains across the southern corner. Because of its protected nature waves average between 0.5-1 m and it maintains a single usually attached bar. However permanent rips flow out along both headlands and during higher waves one or two rips form in the centre of the beach. At the southern end of Elizabeth Beach is a 300 m long rocky point, with Shelly Beach (NSW 207) extending for 300 m east of the point to Seagull Point. The beach faces north-northwest, with southerly waves refracting 270 around Seagull Point, lowering waves to about 0.5 m. They surge up the steep reflective beach face, with deep water close inshore. The beach is accessible via a walking track around the headland.
The patrolled Elizabeth Beach usually has low waves and good swimming conditions. Shelly is quiet but isolated.