Seven Mile Beach (New South Wales)
|Seven Mile Beach
Gerrora and Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales
View of Seven Mile Beach, looking south from Gerrora
|Beach Number||NSW 400|
|Hazard Rating||7/10 (Highly hazardous)|
|Patrolled by||Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club|
In 1933 Seven Mile Beach was used by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as the runway for the first commercial flight between Australia and New Zealand. It also has a little river/lake.
The area contains a unique littoral rainforest with several rainforest plants at their southern most limit of distribution, as well as a beach/dune/wetland ecosystem and has been used for studying sand dunes and their vegetation. Surrounding the beach are spinifex, coast wattle, tea-tree, coast banksia, she-oaks, bangalay, saw banksia, southern mahogany and burrawangs.
Its bird population includes honeyeaters, currawongs, crimson rosellas, thornbills, kookaburras, ravens, grey fantails, eastern whipbirds and white-throated treecreepoers, and even white-breasted sea eagles.
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