ANNA BAY (ONE MILE)
Anna Bay is a 2 km wide southeast-facing bay bordered by the rocky shores of Fingal Head to the north and Moana Point in the south. In between is a curving 2 km long section of sand containing two exposed beaches (NSW 231 & 232), most of which are located in Tomaree National Park. The northern Samurai beach (NSW 231) curves gently to the southwest for 1.1 km to Samurai Point, a small boundary headland. It is backed by active dunes rising to 30 m and extending 800 m inland (Fig. 4.136). The beach is accessible to 4WD and a popular spot for beach driving. It is also an official nude beach.The southern One Mile Beach (NSW 232), also known to surfers as Anna Bay, is 1.3 km long and curves round to face the east against the southern rocks. It also has dunes reaching 400 m inland at its northern end. At the southern end the dunes narrow and are backed by a caravan park, a shaded parking and picnic area and a kiosk. Wave height is low in the south averaging 0.5 m, but increases up the beach to 1.5 m along the central and northern half of One Mile and along Samurai. A single bar dominates One Mile with a strong permanent rip against the southern rocks, and 3-4 beach rips increasing in size up the beach. The more exposed Samurai has two bars, the inner usually cut by four rips, while the outer has 2-3 large rips, including a permanent rip against the northern headland.
Bunbury Beach (WA 757) commences 12 km south of Bunbury city at the Five Mile Brook drains and trends to the north-northwest for 12.5 km to Rocky Point. The northern 4 km is known successively as Mindalong, Hasties St, Hungry Hollow and finally Ocean Beach. It receives waves averaging 1 m.The beach faces west and receives protection from both Cape Naturaliste 50 km to the southwest and Beachrock reefs that lie off the beach. These produce a relatively steep beach, often fronted by a low tide terrace. While the beach is usually free of rips permanent rips are located adjacent to the rocky sections.This is the main surfing beach for Bunbury and site of the Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club, which is located just south of Rocky Point. The Surf Club is one of the oldest in Australia, and the third oldest in Western Australia, having been founded in 1915. The beach is a near continuation of the long stretch of sand that extends north from Busselton.This scenic drive provides good parking and access for 3 km south of the Surf Club. A number of rocky reefs are located along the beach, including either end of the Surf Club beach section. The Surf Club is surrounded by a long car park and fronted by a seawall.
Wategos Beach (NSW 14) is a popular, picturesque beach up to 600 m in length and backed by an amphitheatre shaped valley near the tip of Cape Byron. The valley was settled in the mid-1930s by the Watego family who grew bananas and vegetables where houses now stand. The road from Byron Bay runs right to the back of the beach where there is limited parking along the back of the beach and a small park at the northern end. The 4 km long Cape Byron Walking Track runs along the rear of the beach.Owing to the passage of sand waves round the Cape, the beach and surf zone can be narrow in some years with rocks and a boulder beach exposed, and up to 100 m wide the next. The waves that refract around Cape Byron produce usually wide shallow surf zone that breaks over the attached bar, with a broader bar and trough occurring offshore when the sand waves are present.Little Wategos (NSW 15) is Australia's easternmost beach, situated just inside the eastern tip of 100 m high Cape Byron and just 150 m in length. The beach can only be reached on foot and consequently is not as popular with adjoining Wategos. However if you are walking round to Little Wategos, or down the steep track from the lighthouse, don't be fooled by it attractive setting and usually low waves. The beach and surf, like Wategos undergo major changes as sand moving around Cape Byron and accumulates before moving on toward The Pass. This sand normally forms an attached bar of variable width. The waves however tend to run along the shore producing at time a strong northward current. Also do not swim out toward the Cape, not only are there rocks present, but even on a calm day strong ocean currents can sweep south past the Cape. It can be particularly hazardous if you diving off the Cape.