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Bar Beach (South) Swimming Enclosure
Wagonga Inlet, Narooma, New South Wales


 
Swim long laps in the netted swimming enclosure in Narooma at Bar Beach (South). Right next to the heads at Wagonga Inlet, this enclosure is protected from the surf by the breakwater that runs along one side, with just enough swell to remind you that this is an ocean swim. It gets deep surprisingly quickly, so expect to do plenty of swimming and not much standing on your way out to the end of the net, just under 100 metres away. Swimming in Wagonga Inlet at Bar Beach South in Narooma Above: Heads bobbing in the water in the swimming enclosure at Narooma Bar Beach (South) (Order this image, prints or photo gifts)

Whilst plenty of people congregate in the first few metres of shallow water near the beach, there is relatively little swimming traffic beyond this, even on hot days. Swimming out to the end of the net with a snorkelling mask, I was fascinated by the many fish that seemed to be making it their home. There are seals resting on the breakwater, but I wasn't lucky enough to see any in the water.
The visibility in the water was exceptional, and I was able to clearly see the net resting on the sandy ocean floor. Above the water, from the end of the pool there are great views out through the heads, as well as back to the beach and the surrounding mountains. When you are ready to head back to shore, take a quick breather on the padded buoys that hold the net floating in place, before heading off. The view through the heads at Narooma swimming enclosure Above: The view through the heads at Narooma netted swimming enclosure (Order this image, prints or photo gifts)

Here is a video of swimming in the enclosure, including an underwater exploration of the aquatic life in and around the net.

Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Apex Park, Centenary Drive, North Narooma, 350 km (approx. 5 hour drive) south of the Sydney CBD or 220 km (approx. 3 hr drive) south-east of Canberra.
Latitude:-36.209700 Longitude:150.131482
Getting there: From Narooma head north along the Princes Hwy, crossing Wagonga Inlet, then turn down Centenary Drive. This turn is on a sharp bend, so signal early if coming from Narooma to avoid cars running up too close behind you. The car park for this swim is 900 metres from the Princes Hwy
Facilities: Toilets, car park, picnic tables (some covered), playground, rubbish bins, outdoor shower, barbecues, boat ramp.
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Cool to Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners near the shore, experienced in the deeper water
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No dogs, no spearfishing, no vehicles on the beach, no fires, no camping, no horses. There are various regulations displayed on site when seals are resting on the breakwater.
Sun shade: No shade available in or out of the water, except at the sheltered picnic tables in the nearby Apex Park.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair accessible toilets, but there are a handful of steps down to the beach
Accommodation Options: No camping is permitted at Bar Beach South. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try accommodation in nearby Narooma.
Managing authority: Eurobodalla Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Nangudga Lake at Handkerchief Beach, 5 km to the south.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises that there are rips and currents in the water, and deep water. Refer to the signs on-site in relation to encountering seals on the breakwater. A lifesaving service is available during peak periods.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park behind Bar Beach (South).
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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