COME SEE Must See’s At Killalea State Park, Illawarra NSW. Australia.
MUST SEE’S AT KILLALEA STATE PARK, ILLAWARRA.
1. KILLALEA BEACH (AKA THE FARM)
Starting from one of the carparks near the cafe, you’ll notice a staircase that leads down to the beach. The walk took 5-10 minutes and was relatively easy, especially with the heavenly views. At the bottom we saw a learn to surf van with a group of eager students surrounding it. On the far right was another car park perched on the hillside. This is also where the heaviest concentration of surfers were. The Farm Beach is un-patrolled and has open rolling waves and deep water which means minimal swimmers. Once the waves break they roll toward the shore line in an almost regimented way producing nice predicable patterns perfect for learning. The farm is a great beach for new and intermediate surfers tucked away from the general public.
2. MINNAMURRA BEACH (AKA MYSTICS BEACH)
Mystics requires you to climb down a steeper escarpment than The Farm. But going down is never the issue, its coming up you’ve got to think about so make sure you reserve some water for the return trip. Because of the access, its not exactly a beach you want to be bringing the kids, but for everyone else that’s great news. You’ll likely be sharing the shoreline with more seagulls than you will people, seriously! The water here is a lot more turbulent with stronger currents and waves crash in the shallows. Oddly enough, there’s more swimmers here than at The Farm. We laid out our towels, took a nap then grabbed our new body board and headed for the surf. Following our swim we then took a stroll further south to see what I knew was going to be the highlight of the park.
3. MINNAMURRA POINT & BOYDS BEACH
Before we adventure anywhere I like to look at the map to get an idea of the way the land is shaped. Upon seeing the formation of Mystics Beach narrowing to a sand spit and meeting with the Minnamurra River I knew it was going to be something special. What I couldn’t see online was how incredibly clear and calm the water was… until we reached it. I was blown away with this little hidden gem. It’s definitely one of those places the locals don’t want out-of-towners knowing about. There are two deeper channels on either side of the river with a slow current that takes the water out to the ocean. In the middle is a large shallow sand bar similar to those in the Entrance, NSW. Perfect spot for a summer arvo with a cutla mates and a few bevy’s if you ask me!