Jones Beach (New South Wales)

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Minnamurra Aerial.jpg
Jones Beach visible in the centre of the picture, with Kiama Downs (left) and Minnamurra (right).
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions Illawarra / South Coast
Local government area Kiama
Coordinates 34°37′54″S 150°51′4″E / 34.63167°S 150.85111°E / -34.63167; 150.85111Coordinates: 34°37′54″S 150°51′4″E / 34.63167°S 150.85111°E / -34.63167; 150.85111
Length 0.9 km (1 mi), north-south

Jones Beach,[1] also known as Boyds Beach, is a beach located on the south-eastern coast of Australia, facing the Tasman Sea. The beach is located east of the settlement of Kiama Downs and about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south by east of the settlement of Minnamurra in the Illawarra and South Coast regions of New South Wales.[1]


Jones Beach is a relatively straight east-facing white sand beach that is approximately 900 metres (3,000 ft) long, located between Minnamurra Point, a 30 metres (98 ft) high headland, and basalt columns of the southern Cathedral Rocks. The beach is also known as Boyds Beach, with the backing community called Kiama Downs. A road runs the length of the beach, with the northern half given over to sand dunes, parks and the Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club, that was founded in 1982; while some beachfront houses back the southern half. The beach receives waves averaging 1–1.5 metres (3 ft 3 in–4 ft 11 in), which result in a single bar usually cut by six, including permanent rips against each headland, the northern being the stronger. Rocks also occur in the surf toward the southern end.[3]

It is a popular tourist spot and the beach is patrolled.[4][5] Facilities include wheelchair accessible toilets, limited undercover and shaded picnic areas, and bicycle racks. Pets, glass or bottles, firearms, and jetskis are not permitted.[3]

Surfing competitions are held at Jones Beach between February and October, and a one-on-one competition held in November annually.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Jones Beach". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Place Name Search: Jones Beach". Geoscience Australia. Australian Government. 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Jones/boyds". Beach Safe. Surf Life Saving Australia. 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Our beautiful beaches". Kiama Municipal Council. 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "See & Do: Beaches". Kiama Tourism. 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jones Beach Boardriders Inc". Surfing Australia. 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.