Hat Head Beaches

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Beaches and Surfing at Flat Rock and Hat Head Beach

The southern part of South Smoky Beach is known to locals as Hat Head Beach, which is Hat Head’s most popular place to swim at high tide as Korogoro Creek fills with water offering protected swimming opportunities for families. In front of Korogoro Creek is a rock formation known as Flat Rock which is a quick right hand break at the base of an old extinct volcano. Working best on a solid 6 foot swell off the point, the break also reforms into a smaller right hand wave closer to the shore. Flat Rock is protected from strong easterly winds and quickly packs out when it’s working. You can also launch your boat from Korogoro Creek on the public boat ramp.
Length – 1.4km
Four Wheel Drive Access – Prohibited except for Pro Fisherman
Surf Lifesaving Patrol – Yes on weekends (October and April) and daily during the holiday season. Always swim between the flags and obey the lifeguard.  View the 2015/16 beach patrol dates.

South Smoky Beach

South Smoky Beach stretches north to Smoky Cape Lighthouse and has 4WD access for those with a beach driving permit. South Smoky Beach is a long sandy beach where you can pull up a million miles from anyone and have the beach to yourself which is great if you want to go sunbaking away from the crowds. Depending on swell direction and the location of sand bars, several beach breaks can be found producing a mixture of left and right hand waves for the experienced surfer. On most days you can have the break to yourself.
Length – 15km
Four Wheel Drive Access – Yes to beach permit holders (North 0.5km corner closed to all vehicles)
Surf Lifesaving Patrol – None

Killick Beach

Accessed through the Hungry Camping Area, Killick Beach is a secluded beach that gets most of the southern ground swells and is another popular beach for those wishing to space themselves out from the crowds. Killick Beach is known to sometimes reach wave heights of 12 feet plus, it works well anywhere between 4 to 8 feet. In addition to a solid left hand wave in the corner, you can also find beach breaks up and down the beach.
Length – 11km
Four Wheel Drive Access – Yes to beach permit holders (North 0.5km corner closed to all vehicles)
Surf Lifesaving Patrol – None


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