Black Rock Beach
Black Rock Beach is a relatively narrow beach lying below 20 m high, vegetated bluffs. Beach Road runs along the top of the bluffs and the Black Rock Life Saving Club, founded in 1913, sits on top of the bluffs, with a good view of the beach. A car park and a picnic area are located on the bluffs just south of the club house.
The main beach is 750 m long and is composed of medium to coarse sand, which produces a steep beach face and usually no bar. As a result, deep water lies immediately off the beach. The beach narrows to the south, where the bluffs were stabilised in the 1930s with the construction of a seawall and walkway. The eroding bluffs left sandstone reefs off the beach, on which higher waves break, particularly at low tide. The beach faces south-west and is exposed to seasonal shifts in the wave climate.
Summer southerlies tend to move the sand up the beach, while winter westerlies shift it back to the south. To the north, reefs increase toward Black Rock Point, with a bluff separating the main beach from the smaller, reef dominated Point Beach.
An exposed beach, with a steep beach face and deep water off the beach. This makes it good for swimming, but a hazard for young children and non-swimmers. Also watch the patchy reefs off the beach, and longshore currents if waves are breaking. The Point Beach is only suitable at high tide, as the reefs are exposed at low tide.
During strong westerly winds and accompanying waves, there is surf over the reefs off the beach.
A popular spot for beach fishing with deep water and reefs off the beach, as well as rocks to either end.
A popular summer beach next to the main Beach Road, but shielded by the vegetated bluff, with the protection of the lifesaving club and shops across the road in Black Rock.