- 28 Jan
Mylestom 2454, NSW
North Beach is the longest beach in this region extending for 8.75 km from the rocks at Bundageree Head south-southwest to the northern entrance wall of the Bellinger River. The northern 2 km, north of Tucker Rocks in part of Bongil Bongil National Park, with the Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC is located at half way down the beach, adjacent to the small riverfront town of Mylestom (population 400) (Fig. 4.59). South of the town the beach extends for 3 km south as a 200-300 m wide sand spit, backed by the river. Access to the beach is provided through the Pine Creek State Forest to the beach in lee of Tuckers Rocks, 2 km north of the surf club, and at Mylestom. Moves to form a surf club started in 1921 following a drowning in the surf, with the club formed in 1925. Like Bonville beach to the north, this is an exposed energetic beach with a well developed double bar system. The beach is composed of fine sand which tends to produce a continuous attached bar, occasionally cut by rips, and fronted by a wide, deep trough swept by strong currents, with the outer bar further offshore. Toward the south the river mouth channels associated with the Bellinger River often swing to the north along the beach, creating a deep channel with strong tidal flows (Fig. 4.60).
This is a potentially hazardous beach, so stay at Mylestom and between the flags. Elsewhere stay on the attached inner bar and out of the trough. Be very careful near the Bellinger River mouth.