Minnie Water, Diggers Camp and Wooli Beaches

Love the beach? The beaches around Minnie Water, Diggers Camp and Wooli on the NSW North Coast are amazing. They are secluded, quiet, clean – and plentiful. In fact, there are 15 different beaches for you to explore.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s BeachSafe website has a web page full of useful information about each and every beach, including details about rips, bars and facilities.

We have extracted the main facts and list all 15 beaches on this 1 page for your convenience – see below.

15 secluded beaches at Wooli, Diggers Camp and Minnie Water, NSW North Coast

Patrolled swimming beaches: Wooli and Minnie Water

The only two beaches with beach patrols are the main beaches at Wooli and Minnie Water.

If you want to go swimming, it’s recommended you go to one of these two beaches during the days and times lifeguards or surf life savers are on duty and swim between the flags.

Some of the other beaches may be better for fishing, surfing, snorkelling, reading a book, building sandcastles or rock-hopping.

All 15 beaches – from north to south:

Along a 20km stretch of undeveloped coastline (thanks to Yuraygir National Park) around Minnie Water and Wooli, you will encounter no fewer than 15 beaches. Here they are.

Sandon Beach – Minnie Water

  • Beach fishing on Sandon Beach near Minnie Water NSWGeneral beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 9 km from Clay Head to Rocky Point
  • Swimming: hazardous, not suitable
  • Surfing: beach breaks, accessible by 4WD from Illaroo
  • Fishing: numerous beach gutters
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw060

Illaroo South Beach – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 3/10 (least hazardous)
  • 200 metres from Illaroo rocks to Rocky Point
  • Swimming: fringed by rocks, moderately sheltered from waves
  • Fishing: some beach gutters
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw061

Rocky Point – Minnie Water

Minnie Water Beach – Minnie Water

  • Minnie Water Beach - family friendly - patrolled in main holidaysPATROLLED BEACH
    (daily in NSW summer school holidays)
  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 1.5 km from Rocky Point to Pipers Hill
  • Swimming: partly sheltered, some rips on more exposed northern section
  • Surfing: beach breaks at northern end
  • Fishing: beach gutters at northern end
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw063

Pipers Hill Beach – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 3/10 (least hazardous)
  • 100 metre extension of Minnie Water Beach below Pipers Hill
  • Swimming: protected by reef, waves averaging <0.5m
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw064

Tree Point 1 – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 50 metre pocket of cobble-boulder beach south of Tree Point, backed by a headland
  • Not suitable for swimming, surfing or fishing
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw065

Tree Point 2 – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 150 metre sand beach with rock platforms/headlands, central rock reef and permanent rips
  • Not suitable for swimming or surfing
  • Fishing: good rock and beach spots adjacent to permanent gutters
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw066

Tree Point 3 – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 100 metre curved pocket of sand, gravel and cobbles with rocks and reefs in inner surf
  • Not suitable for swimming or surfing
  • Fishing: good rock and beach spots adjacent to permanent gutters
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw067

Back Beach – Minnie Water

  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 2.9 km from Tree Point to northern rocks at Diggers Camp
  • Swimming: hazardous, not suitable
  • Surfing: variable breaks if you don’t mind the walk
  • Fishing: permanent gutter at Tree Point, several gutters down the beach
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw068

Diggers Camp North Beach – Diggers Camp

  • General beach hazard rating: 4/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 300 metres of high tide sand and cobbles at Diggers Camp’s northern rocks
  • Not suitable for swimming and surfing
  • Fishing: various sites around the rocks, channels and reefs
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw069

Diggers Camp South (Main Beach) – Diggers Camp

  • Diggers Camp Beach and rock poolsGeneral beach hazard rating: 5/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 500 metre long low-gradient sandy beach with some protection from southern rocks
  • Swimming: lowest waves and shallow natural rock pool at southern end
  • Surfing: some beach breaks
  • Fishing: wide range of fishing sites and gutters
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw070

Stony Beach – Diggers Camp

  • General beach hazard rating: 4/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • High tide cobble beach with 50-100 metre irregular intertidal rock flats
  • No safe access to water, so not suitable for swimming, surfing or fishing
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw071

Wilsons Headland Beach – Diggers Camp

  • Wooli Beach at Wilsons HeadlandGeneral beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 200 metre southeast-facing exposed sand beach (high tide cobble beach)
  • Swimming: generally hazardous due to strong permanent rip
  • Surfing: chance of a wave over southern rocks at high tide
  • Fishing: rock & beach fishing onto reef/sand bottom (exposed to southerlies)
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw072

Wooli Beach – Wooli

  • Wooli BeachPATROLLED BEACH
    (daily in NSW summer school holidays)
  • General beach hazard rating: 6/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 6.6 km from Wilsons Headland to Wooli River entrance
  • Northern half (in Yuraygir NP) only accessible by 4WD
  • Swimming: rips dominate the beach, swim between the flags at patrolled section
  • Surfing: beach breaks
  • Fishing: best beach gutters near Wilsons Head; beach & creek fishing from Wooli River North Wall.
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw073

Jones Beach – Wooli

  • General beach hazard rating: 4/10 (moderately hazardous)
  • 750 metre long beach across the Wooli River, only accessible by boat
  • Swimming: sheltered in lee of rock reef, permanent rip against entrance wall
  • Snorkelling: abundant marine life (Sanctuary Area, so look but don’t take)
  • Surfing: not suitable
  • Fishing: Jones Beach is a Sanctuary Area
  • Details: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw074
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