Gannet Beach – Bawley Point

Gannet Beach - Bawley Point

New South Wales, South Coast

The string of beaches on the beautiful coastline of Bawley Point offer surfing fun for kids and beginner surfers on smaller swells. From the normally tiny waves of Bawley Beach, cruisy waves at Gannet Beach and the more challenging Cormorant and Murramurang Beaches, there is normally a wave suitable for beginner and progressing surfers.

Wave Type
Gannet Beach has a soft right point that can be good to practise catching easy rock bottom waves, and on the beach break, short cruisy rides can be found in the southern corner when the sand builds up. Best at mid to low tide for catching green waves as high tide often sees the waves dump right on the beach.

If the surf is flat at Gannet Beach, or if the peak is crowded, Cormorant and Murramurang Beaches on either side will often have bigger waves with more energy and fewer crowds. Both of these beaches can be good for catching green and whitewater waves - find a broad sandbar and stick to it avoiding the rips.

On south swells, Bawley Beach will have the smallest waves that are great for kids catching whitewater waves - watch out for rips and rocks at both ends of the beach. During big north swells the remote Durras North Beach to the south or North Mollymook Beach to the north will have smaller waves.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South winds (Bawley Beach) to South West to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to South East swells to moderate South swells.

Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.

Have fun surfing Bawley Point by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Park on the streets around the Bawley beaches or behind Bawley Beach picnic area.

Lifeguard Patrolled
The beaches of Bawley Point are not patrolled. The closest patrolled beach is Mollymook to the north - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located behind Bawley Beach.

Closest Shops
There's a take away and supermarket off Murramerang Road or head north to Ulladulla or south to Batemans Bay for a wider range of shops and services.

Photos of Bawley Point Beaches

Gannet Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Soft spilling waves in the middle of the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Beautiful Bawley Blues.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Over the southern headland lies Murramarang Beach where longer rides can be found on spilling waves that peak along the beach. Marginal south swell shelter can be found here thanks to Brush Island located offshore.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


To the north of Gannet Beach is Cormorant Beach which normally has bigger waves and stronger rips than the other beaches in the town of Bawley Point.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Bawley Beach offers the most shelter from south winds and swells and on most days is a great spot for a swim or to take kids into the surf to catch small waves close to shore.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Fun little Bawley right.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe