Shaws Bay has always been a popular spot for leisure activities such as picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, canoeing and walking. This beautiful tidal bay was formed when the northern wall of the Richmond River was constructed near the river entrance. The bay has sandy beaches, a shared pathway around the bay and is a great spot for families.
This scenic and popular area has varied landforms ranging from gently sloping beaches to a steep sandy escarpment which includes littoral rainforest species. The seagrasses in the bay are regarded as some of the best in Northern NSW and provide an ideal environment for safe snorkelling.
Along Compton Drive this swimming spot is easily accessible for those with mobility issues to create an enjoyable recreation area. Wide ramp access down to the sand in low tide or water in high tide, two disabled parking bays and seating. Access Shaws Bay via Pop Denison Park and you will find accessible toilets, an outdoor shower and footpath around the bay however access to the water for people with limited mobility is a little more natural – no ramps and access is across grass and sand to get to water.