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John Veage’s photo from The Leader. @johnveage

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Famed Sydney beach 'washed away' by huge waves: 'Doesn't exist'

14 June 22

A mega southerly swell has been hammering Sydney and the east coast this past week, with many of the big wave spots nice and clean and making many punters very happy. It's also been doing some damage to the foreshores though of course, and particularly down in The Shire.

Here's the news from The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader via Yahoo News

A Sydney beach has been washed away after huge waves smashed the shore, following a weekend of dangerous conditions.

Hazardous waves eroded the sand at North Cronulla beach, leaving the shoreline unrecognisable with steep banks to the footpath.

Pictures snapped by The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader's chief photographer show the extent of the damage seen at North Cronulla on Monday morning.

"The whole of Bate Bay has been smashed by big waves and high tides. North Cronulla beach doesn't exist," photographer John Veage said to the paper.

"North Cronulla beach [is] gone," one person remarked on Twitter, sharing one of Mr Veage's photos.

The Leader reported that on Sunday night the water reached the bottom level of a beachside cafe during high tide.

Beaches in the area are still recovering from the erosion caused by the April deluge, The Leader reported.

Waves as big as five metres smashed the NSW coast over the weekend and sand bags were reportedly washed into the ocean in some places.

North Cronulla wasn't the only beach in Sydney that copped a battering over the long weekend.

On Sunday at Sydney's Bondi Beach, waves crashed into the pedestrian walkway and RSL, 9News reported, with bins being washed away and cars getting wet.

While people were warned to stay out of the surf along central parts of NSW over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology has since cancelled the weather warning.

"Damaging surf is no longer occurring along central parts of the New South Wales coast," the Bureau said.

"However, hazardous surf conditions will continue to affect most of the coast today and persist for the coming days. A separate Hazardous Surf Warning is current for the entire New South Wales coast."



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