Seven Mile Beach (New South Wales)

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Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach NSW Australia.jpg
View of Seven Mile Beach, looking south from Gerroa
Map showing the location of Seven Mile Beach
Map showing the location of Seven Mile Beach
LocationGerroa and Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates34°46′21″S 150°48′48″E / 34.7725°S 150.8133°E / -34.7725; 150.8133Coordinates: 34°46′21″S 150°48′48″E / 34.7725°S 150.8133°E / -34.7725; 150.8133
Length12.5 km (7.8 mi)
GeologyBeach
Patrolled byShoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club
Hazard rating7/10 (highly hazardous)

Seven Mile Beach is a long beach with strong historical reference just south of Gerringong in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales, Australia.

History[edit]

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.

Flora[edit]

The area contains a unique littoral rainforest with several rainforest plants at their southern most limit of distribution,[1] 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.[2] It also has a little river/lake.

Fauna[edit]

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.[2]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ * Floyd, A.G., Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia, Inkata Press 1989, ISBN 0-909605-57-2
  2. ^ a b Sydney Morning Herald Traveller. Retrieved on 2009-09-10