Old Bar Beach

Old Bar Beach

- 28 Jan

1 Old Bar
Old Bar 2430, NSW

Old Bar refers to the shifting bar at the mouth of Scotts Creek. Like at Farquhar Park opposite, people used to come down the Manning River in boats to picnic and camp at Old Bar before adequate roads existed. Two drownings in the creek and one on the beach led to the organisation of the Taree-Old Bar SLSC in 1927. Today Old Bar-Saltwater is a growing community of 2600 with an extensive foreshore reserve adjacent to the town centre, housing the large surf club. The creek entrance, reefs directly off the town and the southern headland cause the beach to undulate, with two arcs sweeping away from the reef area. The beach is accessible in the north off the road to Old Bar Park, at Old Bar and in the south at Saltwater-Wallabi Point. The beach (NSW 187) extends southwest for 6 km between the inlet and Wallabi Point, with a slight foreland at Old Bar in lee of the rocky Urana Bombora. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m, which decrease in lee of the bombora. These maintain a double bar system, with the usually attached inner bar cut by rips every 200-300 m (Fig. 4.106 & 4.107). Additional caution is needed around the creek mouth where strong tidal currents and variable bars dominate around the reefs and against Saltwater Head during higher waves.
Best at Old Bar between the flags, and Saltwater when patrolled. Elsewhere stay on the attached parts of the inner bar and away from rips and side currents.

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