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Eurobodalla Beachwatch Program

The Beachwatch Program, in partnership with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, 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

  • Last sample date: 29 March 2021

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 information

  • Following wet weather, swimmers should avoid swimming up to three days after rain, and when the water looks murky and unclean. 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.
  • The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides 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: