Washerwomans Beach

Washerwomans Beach

New South Wales, South Coast

Good protection from south swells and winds and short rides on gentle waves can be found in this picturesque beach located in the sleepy town of Bendalong. On Boat Harbour Beach to the east, keep a look out for the resident giant stingrays that cruise around the bay and can even be seen looking for a feed from the local fisherman at the boat ramp, which often draws a crowd on the beach.

Wave Type
Fast breaking rights and lefts mixed with close outs break at Washerwomans Beach which can be great for those taking the step to catching green waves during high tide (the waves tend do dump on lower tides). Watch out for rocks near the shore and rips that can form along the beach.

The southern corner of the beach is also great for introducing kids to the surf, and this is a short walk from the camping ground where the kids will also love the jumping pillow and local kangaroos that laze around the camp site.

The beaches to the north and south offer more consistent surf, however surfing conditions are normally very challenging and at times dangerous for inexperienced surfers. During massive south swells, if the waves here are too big, smaller waves can be found to the north of Jervis Bay at Currarong. When big north swells roll in, smaller waves will be breaking at the northern end of Conjola Beach (a few beaches south of here), or drive north up to the isolated Cave Beach (Booderee National Park) or Seven Mile Beach (Gerroa) - these beaches also offer good north wind shelter.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

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

Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.

Have fun surfing Bendalong by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

The car park is located at the middle of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
The beaches of Bendalong are not patrolled. The closest patrolled beaches are located at Sussex Inlet (Cudmirrah Beach) to the north and Mollymook Beach to the south - 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 in the car park in the middle of the beach.

Closest Shops
There's a café and general store in Bendalong, otherwise head into Milton to the south or Huskisson (inside Jervis Bay) to the north for a greater variety of good food and services.

Photos of Washerwomans Beach

Washerwomans Beach Bendalong
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The northern half of Washerwomans Beach, along with the beaches to the north are fun spots for catching green waves during high tide, small wave conditions. Attempting to catch the dumping waves on lower tides will lead to plenty of nosedives.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The more sheltered southern end of the beach is a good spot to head during strong southerly winds and swells and for taking kids surfing in the gentle waves that break close to shore.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Beach track views of the pristine coastline to the north.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Bendalong campground local.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The long sweep of beach at Conjola offers empty spilling peaks and shelter at the northern end from summer north east winds.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Summer surfing fun in the crystal clear waters of Bendalong.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


More on Surfing the NSW South Coast


South Coast NSW Surf & Weather Report

Kiama Overview

Batemans Bay Overview

Surf Lessons


Nearby Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids


Seven Mile Beach - Gerroa 84km

Culburra Beach 75km

Mollymook Beach 33km

Gannet Beach 62km