Beaches of the New South Wales Coast

Second Edition

Andrew D. Short

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Format: paperback
406 pages
ISBN: 9781920898151

Publication: 14 May 2007

Publisher: Sydney University Press

The second edition of Beaches of the New South Wales Coast has been rewritten and expanded. It covers all of the state’s 757 open coast beaches, as well as 120 beaches in five large bays, including Sydney Harbour, and the 15 beaches on Lord Howe Island – 892 beaches in all. It also covers 276 of NSW top surfing sites.

This book has two aims. First, to provide the public with general information on the origin and nature of all NSW beaches, including the contribution of geology, oceanography, climate and biota to the beaches, and information on beach hazards and safety. Second, to provide a description of each beach, including its name(s), location, access, facilities, dimensions and the character of the beach and surf zone.

The book comments on the suitability of the beach for bathing, surfing and fishing, with special emphasis on the natural hazards. Based on the physical hazards, all beaches are rated in terms of public safety and scaled from 1 (least hazardous) to 10 (most hazardous).

Andrew Short is director of the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney.


  1. Introduction
  2. Beaches
  3. New South Wales beach usage and hazards
  4. New South Wales beaches

Further reading
Beach index
General index
Surf index

‘The seven books in the series sponsored by the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program (ABSMP) constitute the single most comprehensive beach database in the world ... It is rare to find a treasure of scientific and technical information that is available and comprehensible to scientists and lay persons alike ... It is thus without reservation that I recommend all books in the Beaches of Australia series'
Charles W. Finkl   Journal of Coastal Research

Format: paperback
Size: 297 × 210 × 20 mm
406 pages
17 b&w tables, 433 colour illustrations, and 67 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2007
ISBN: 9781920898151
Publication: 14 May 2007