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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
16 Greater PortMacquarie The pristine, white sand beaches of Greater Port Macquarie, are a drawcard to the region for visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for the ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic, a weekend BBQ with friends, a long, lazy afternoon, the chance to get your 4WD off the highway and onto the sand, or an opportunity to learn how to surf - a day at the beach is just what you need. at the beach • Always swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers • Do not swim or surf alone • Swim between the red and yellow fags – they mark the safer area to swim • Read and obey the beach signs • If you are unsure of surf conditions ask a lifeguard or lifesaver • If you get into trouble in the water don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, foat and wait for assistance • Supervise children at all times • Do not swim after a meal or under the infuence of alcohol or drugs • Never run and dive into the water. Even if you have checked the depth before, water conditions can change • Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, use sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses. what to do if you are caught in a rip current If you have a board, STAY WITH IT. If you are a competent swimmer paddle the board or swim at right angles to the direction of the rip and head towards the breaking waves which should wash you back to the beach. If you are an inexperienced swimmer ride the rip out from the beach and then paddle the board, or swim, parallel to the shore towards the breaking waves. Remember, don't attempt to swim AGAINST the rip as even the strongest swimmer will tire quickly. If you do find yourself tiring or you become frightened attempt to STAY CALM, RAISE YOUR ARM AND WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE. beach driving permit Vehicles are not to be driven on beaches unless the vehicle carries a current beach driving permit sticker. It is an offence carrying a $110 on-the-spot fine to drive on any beach (except at boat launching sites) . Permits are available from: • Visitor Information Centres at Port Macquarie and Kew • Hastings Council ofces at Port Macquarie, Wauchope & Laurieton • Dunbogan Boatshed –46 The Boulevard, Dunbogan Lifeguards or lifesavers are on duty when the RED & YELLOW flags are in place No Surfcraft No Surfcraft Patrolled Swimming Area