Green Island Beach (Green Island)
The southern Valla Beach (NSW 122) is a popular beach located on the south side of Valla Headland with a park and picnic facilities on the backing slopes. It is, however also a potentially dangerous beach owing to its exposed southeast-facing location and the mouth of Deep Creek which flows out against the southern end of the 650 m long beach. A council sign at the beach warns swimmers of these hazards, which is patrolled by lifeguards during the Christmas school holidays.
On the south side of Shellharbour a rock platform extends 300 m seaward, and forms the northern boundary of the southern Shellharbour Beach (NSW 383), a curving 1 km south-southeast-facing beach that extends to the base of Bass Point, where the sand merges with the basalt cobbles eroded from the point. A caravan park lies behind the northern rocks, with a beach car park on the southern side. The road to Bass Point runs between the low dune and Shellharbour Swamp, with the usually dammed mouth breaking out across the southern end of the beach during rain. Proposals have been put forward to build a marina in the swamp with access to the sea, but in 2006 the beach remains in a relatively natural state. Waves from the east and southeast are reduced by Bass Point resulting in waves averaging 1 m in the north dropping to 0.5 m in the south. These usually maintain a continuous attached bar, cut by up to six rips during higher southeast swell when a strong rip can develop against the northern rocks, and during summer northeast wave conditions (Fig. 4.312).
Greens Island Beach (qld01green) is 27km offshore from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. A National Park, Green Islands is approximately 12 hectares in size and surrounded by reef and rainforest environment.