Seven Mile Beach (New South Wales)
|Seven Mile Beach|
View of Seven Mile Beach, looking south from Gerroa
|Location||Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales, Australia|
|Beach length||12.5 km (7.8 mi)|
|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.
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, saw banksia, southern mahogany or bangalay, and burrawangs. It also has a little river/lake.
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.