A wide, fairly sheltered and beautiful beach, Bawley Beach is between Willinga Point and the larger Bawley Point on the NSW south coast. Tall forest behind most of the beach provides some shelter from the sun. The surf is generally not idea for surfing (waves being an average of a metre), but fishing is popular off the rocks at Bawley Point.
On the southern end of the bay (on Bawley Point) a jetty was built in the 1890s. Known as The Gantry, it was part of a timber mill and was used to ship out timber until the early 1920s. The timber mill burnt down in 1922, and many years (in 2016) later the jetty was destroyed by a storm. The jetty was re-built the following year, officially as a fishing platform – but it’s also a popular spot for kids to jump into the ocean.
Getting to Bawley Beach
Bawley Beach has a couple of carparks; a larger one near the jetty at the southern end (off Tingira Drive) and a smaller carpark near the middle (off Johnson St). Bawley Point is on the NSW south coast, about three hours srive south of Sydney.