Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only meters from the beach. The waves at Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sunbathing and swimming during good weather conditions. However, during strong southerly winds, there is a side sweep that may carry you parallel to the beach. Cylinder Beach is also a favorite with surfers when the conditions are right. Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol this beach. The lower waves and fine sand maintain a usually wide, low-gradient beach fronted by a continuous bar, with the mobile sand waves and bars extending up to 200m off the beach. As a consequence, like all the north side beaches, beach, bar, and surf conditions change considerably over time.
In 1803 Matthew Flinders was on his way to Sydney to organize a rescue of shipwrecked passengers from the Porpoise. Flinders and his small crew stopped in the Cylinder Beach/Home Beach area and some Nunukul people helped the sailors to find fresh water. This was the first recorded European/Aboriginal contact on the Island and is commemorated in the Hope Plaque on the edge of the Cylinder Beach carpark.
Offers low right-handers consistently, which can increase up to 10 ft with large swells and suitable configuration of the sandbars.
Low to moderate spilling waves along a dynamic beachfront. Often a strong westerly drift. Highly variable bar and trough topography associated with the migrating sand waves can often cause deep holes in the bay-shaped beach. Beware of rips when waves exceed 1m.
A range of holes and gutters associated with bars and sand waves can form, but often the number of people using Cylinder Beach for other activities can make elsewhere more attractive for fishing.
Type: Formal parking – 50 spaces
Type: Non-formal parking – 50 spaces
Content-based on www.beachsafe.org.au – SLSA
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.
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