Forster (south)/scotts Head Beach

Forster (south)/scotts Head Beach

- 28 Jan

1 Gumma
Gumma 2447, NSW

Forster Beach is the first in a series of long beaches on this section of coast. 11.2 km in length it first heads south south west from the Nambucca River mouth, before finally sweeping round to face north in lee of Scotts Head where it is known as Scotts Head Beach. For most of its length the beach is backed by Warrell Creek, with only one access across the creek at Warrell Creek crossing a popular summer camping and picnic area 5 km north of Scotts Head. The northern to central section of the beach faces east and receives waves averaging 1.6 m which interact with the fine beach sand to form a well developed double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached and cut by rips every 300 to 400 m, while a wide deep trough separates it from the outer bar which has more widely spaced rips. Towards the south at Scotts Head Beach, the Head lowers wave height and the surf changes to first a single bar cut by rips and finally a wide, low gradient attached bar in front of the Scotts Head caravan park and surf club. As a result the beach in front of the Surf Club, in the far southern corner, is often flat and calm. The Surf Club was formed in 1936 drawing on nearby Macksville for members. Scotts Head has been growing in population and popularity over the years, with holiday makers, surfers and fishermen swelling its summer crowds. However it still maintains its natural, rustic charm. In the surf an average of 15 people are rescued each year.
Stay at Scotts Head and between the flags. Rips do occur here, particularly during summer north easterly waves together with a persistent rip against the headland. However they are less frequent and strong compared to up the beach. Don't bathe up the beach unless you are experienced and with friends, stay on the attached bars and away from rips and currents.

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