I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published July 3rd 2014
A central spot with plenty of things to do and sights to see
Located at the mouth of Hastings River, Town Beach is a space that will appeal to all kinds of people over the course of the day. There are facilities for the fitness enthusiasts, the leisure-seekers, the locals, the tourists, the young, the old, and pretty much everyone who might end up here.
The strip of sand is both pretty and enjoyable and if you want to take a dip and get wet, the best place to do so is the section near the entry, which is the area that gets patrolled in summer. It has a car park and seats and tables to set yourself up for lunch on too.
The other end of the beach (which isn't really that long) is unpatrolled, but behind it is Town Beach Reserve. Here you'll find exercise equipment, a skate park, more seats and tables, and the other end of the car park that stretches behind some of the beach (the car park is conveniently down on the same level as the beach, while everything is overlooked by streets and buildings up higher). This end also has camping sites and other accommodation located nearby (at Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park).
One of the most distinctive features of Town Beach and one that every visitor should check out is the rock wall at one end which extends around the corner and continues along the riverside. A lot of these rocks have been painted by visitors and they remind me a lot of the V-Wall at Nambucca Heads.
It was too cold for me to go in the water on my visit, which was early in the morning during winter, so I stayed down at the point among the painted rocks and found that there were a few dolphins swimming at the mouth of the river. I don't know if it's a common occurrence, but I recommend you take a look yourself. Even if they're not there, you've still got the rocks and the view of the beach to enjoy.