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Eurobodalla Beachwatch Program

Last sample date: 27 March 2019 (next sampling will commence in November 2019)

The Beachwatch Program, in partnership with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, is undertaken every year from the start of November to the end of March, with five samples collected each month from 11 popular beaches.

Beach sampling locations

Monitored sites include 10 ocean beaches and a netted beach just within the break walls of Wagonga Inlet.

These sites have been monitored during summer since 2002/2003:

Water quality guidelines

To determine whether water quality is safe for swimming, beaches are assessed in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Waters (NHMRC, 2008). The NHMRC 2008 guidelines advocate enterococci as the single preferred indicator organism for the detection of faecal contamination in recreational waters.

1 star rating 'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

3 star rating 'Fair' rating: bacterial levels indicate an increased risk of illness to bathers, particularly those with lower immune function such as the elderly and young children.

'Poor' rating: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.

'Bad' rating: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.

The majority of the tested sites consistently complied with these guidelines during summer.

Other important information

  • Following wet weather, swimmers should avoid swimming up to three days after rain. Stormwater washes pollutants from the catchment into waterways, which can impact water quality.
  • All beachgoers can help protect the pristine nature of our beaches and estuaries by collecting and removing litter.
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's Beachwatch Program information, including the State of the Beaches Report.

We can help you

If you need more information about our Beachwatch Program, please contact our Public and Environmental Health Team: