Port Macquarie is a beach community in New South Wales, Australia, about 240 miles north of Sydney.
Heading out the inlet and over the bar can be a challenge for boaters because the beach faces southeast and receives waves averaging more than 5 feet, which combine with the fine sand to produce a well-developed one- to two-bar system, according to the group BeachSafe.org.
“A wide trough, usually occupied by rips, separates the inner bar from the outer bar, which when present, is cut by rips at both ends” is how the safety group describes the scene.
It’s a busy recreational area for boaters, tourists and surfers — one of whom had the misfortune of being bitten in the head by a shark off the beach in December.
Crossing the Port Macquarie Bar can be a challenge for all boats, including this aluminum pilothouse boat trying to make it out in a video taken from the pilothouse and posted in 2011. Watch until the end of the 1:37 video, which concludes with the boat getting walloped.
More recently, a local who goes by the name of Warwick Wells posted this video of a sailboat motoring out of the inlet and, for the most part, deftly steering between the breakers.
Wells apparently spends a lot of time on his local waterways — it is the height of summer Down Under during our winter — because a few days later he posted a video he took from a RIB running at 60-plus mph.