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Princes Highway 20km south of Eden, L-Edrom Road, R-Duck Hole Road, L-Saltwater Creek. See National Parks & Wildlife Service for more details.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Saltwater Creek
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Saltwater, is able to hold up to 4 metres, but very good in 1.5 to 2 metre. The take-off varies according to swell size and direction over large, sand-covered boulders. On bigger days the wave starts further out, jacking take-off followed by a bowling inside section before swinging towards the beach in a series of cut back sections. It loses out in the dredging shore break on the beach. On big days this shore break becomes a massive rip smashing with great force against the rocks. It works on all tides, butis hollower, and better, at lower tides. Jumping from the point is usually the way to go, but if you mistime things you will face a whirlpool ride over the razor sharp, barnacle encrusted rocks on the point.
I don't have a good photograph but see page 138-139 of Mark Warren's Atlas of Australian Surfing ISBN 0 207 15681 6 and Wave-Finder Surf Guide - Australia page 128.
This is a magic little right hand point break, tucked away right near the Victorian border. In winter months (may-sep) there is virtually nobody there, and so damn cold (full steamer) it keeps the crowds down. In summer though it does get crowded, like the whole south coast of NSW. It is a magic little wave in a National Park, and breaks hollow, with long walls and occasional tubes, for about 100m+, not a very long point break, but handles some size (10 feet+), gets longer when bigger (about 150m), and is nice, fast and hollow. Best in big southeast swells, lower tides and south winds. Northeast swells might also be ok, by the look of it. It's also a beautiful spot.
This is a great spot, you can camp overnight for a small fee. The NSW National PArks and Wildlife Service look after bookings for the limited camp sites. No water or shops so bring all the gear you need. Don't surf alone since help is miles away.
By Pep , 05-04-2010
Great Spot - Down a little dirt track for 15ks and a beautiful right hand break that can hold real size. During easter is was the best wave we saw on the coast.
By Sam Duhan , 06-02-2008
snake - theres a lovley wave just round the corner........
By Berty , 07-10-2007
Whales too! - Surfing the point last week with a 10m whale in the bay just 50m away!magic
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