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McKenzies Beach: Snorkellers' Haven

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Published August 17th 2014
One of the smallest beaches in NSW but huge in marine life
McKenzies Beach is certainly a beach that will keep you coming back. It might be small, in fact one of the smallest beaches in New South Wales, but it is certainly huge with the amount of sea life that call this beach home.

It is an undeveloped beach that is packed with snorkellers, it tends to get popular with locals and visitors alike, and you can certainly see why when you arrive to McKenzies Beach.

It looks so tranquil....


Being enclosed with two headlands and rocks that ease down to greet the ocean's mystery by forming these spectacular natural reefs, it is perfect for snorkelling enthusiasts to get a glimpse of the beauty that lies beneath the seas.

Do note that McKenzies Beach snorkelling is not suitable for novice snorkellers as the beach is well known for its rugged surf and at times it is open to the swell, which can impact on visibility.

The lovely lush surrounding bushland...


The amphitheatre around the rocks at the southern end of the beach is another haven for experienced snorkellers and the water depth is from five to eight metres deep (enter the water from the corner facing the island- known as Jimmy's Island).

You will unquestionably not be disappointed with the extravagant rock formations and marine life; it is truly a whole world of its own.

Baby cuttlefish can be seen around these amazing rock formations and to the northern end of the beach waves and current movements lead to a different world of an exposed long reef that is begging to be explored (the reef is shallower and is well protected).

The fishing is said to be quite good here...


Port Jackson sharks, crayfish, gropers, and stingrays, along with plenty more school fish, are seen here and without doubt you will be satisfied with the beauty.

McKenzies Beach is around 14kms south of Batemans Bay and is accessed off George Bass Drive. It is unsign-posted and there are no amenities.

There is parking at the beach.


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Why? One of the best snorkelling spots in the far south coast
When: All year round
Where: off George Bass Drive, Malua Bay
Cost: Free
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