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The Canadian Bay Road reaches the coast at a 10 m high point that separates Half Moon and Canadian Bays. There is a reserve on the point with picnic facilities and a car park. A seawall protects the southern side of the point while, on the northern side, is a large boat club, and a second car park behind Canadian Bay at the end of Williams Road. A walking track runs along the bluffs above Canadian Bay. The two beaches face west and receive surf during strong westerlies. Half Moon Bay consists of over 200 m of high tide, sandy beach, which sweeps in three small arcs below the red bluffs and between more prominent reefs. At Canadian Bay there is a bar cut by rip channels along the southern half, with more rocks and reef along the northern half of the 850 m long, crenulate beach.
Beach Length: 0.85km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
Toilets Block M/F
Drinking water
Change Rooms
Passenger ferry
Boat ramp



Topographic rips


SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.