Two excavators on Old Bar Beach create a notch across the sandbar during low tide.
Farquhar Inlet was manually opened by MidCoast Council on Sunday 9 February due to rising river levels in the Manning River.
(Photo courtesy of Manning River Times)
Two excavators were on Old Bar Beach to create the notch during low tide. This is in accordance with the Manning River Floodplain Management Study and designed to allow a quick opening of the river when a flood is predicted.
Farquhar Inlet is a popular camping and boating site on the Barrington Coast, consisting of 25 campsites set amongst shady trees with BBQ facilities. The campground can now only be accessed via Manning Point Beach at low tide (MCC Beach 4WD pass required) or by boat.
This dynamic and complex coastal inlet has changed considerably over the years with natural coastal processes like tidal inflows and wave action moving sand along the shore toward the Old Bar entrance. According to records, Farquhar Inlet was closed for almost a decade, between 1920 and 1929. The most recent closure occurred between 1992 and 2009, during which time there were brief openings in 2004 and again in April 2008. The inlet was last manually opened in March 2018.