Affectionately known as “catho” by locals, Catherine Hill Bay is one of those towns that is timelessly Australian.
Named after the schooner “Catherine Hill” which ran aground on the beach in 1867, coal was discovered here soon after. In 1873 the mine opened, serviced by a giant ocean jetty hauling coal to waiting ships.
Local coal miners formed a surf club at the beach in 1928 that is still in operation today and it was one of the first beaches ‘discovered’ by Sydney surfers in the late 1950s.
Its outstanding beauty is celebrated in the book “101 Best Australian Beaches” and played a starring role in Mel Gibson’s first feature film, Summer City.
Whilst mining ceased in 2002, surfers, swimmers, anglers and bushwalkers and those who simply want to breathe in the sea air and soak up the atmosphere now favor this beautiful beachfront village.

Learn more about Catherine Hill Bay and its surrounds by checking out the Beaches Gallery.


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