Topic: Cliffs - The Point

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The Point separates the Three Sisters Beach from the Four Brothers Beach.

The area I define as ‘The Point’ is made up as follows.  On the 3SB side is the curved at the base (cliff), ‘Point proper’.  This is accompanied by a companion ‘Hole in the Rock’ rock stack.  Going through the Point to the 4BB is a through cave that I call the Passageway.  It has a blind corridor going eastward (inland) together with a northern (3SB) entrance and southern (4BB) entrance.  On the southern, 4BB side, the cave has a large rock platform that slopes down and out into a small, horseshoe shaped cove.  Overhanging most of this is a large, open sound bowl.  The southern boundary of the cliff bowl and horseshoe shaped cove culminate in a prominent protruding high cliff which has a formidable seaward facing buttress.  The rock strata is composed of interbedded mudstones and sandstones.

On the seaward and 4BB side of the curved Point are several rock shelves that are covered/uncovered by shifting mantles of sand.  These then consist of The Point.


8.7.2001   PHO2007-158, 167

Upon this, my first visit, I hadn’t yet named the Point.  Also, I didn’t proceed beyond it to the beach on the southern side that I later named the Four Brothers Beach.  The views shown here were taken from the Three Sisters Beach side.  The Hole in the Rock rock stack (that I also named later), is clearly visible.  The weather was fine and calm, a bonus for the middle of winter.


13.7.2003   PHO2008-052, 938

PHO2008-052 mostly features the Hole in the Rock (see Section Six on Rock Stacks).  However, it also shows the gap between it and the cliff that is part of the Point proper.  Mt Egmont is also visible.  PHO2008-938 provides a closer, though shaded view of the gap between the Hole in the Rock on the right-hand side and the cliff on the left-hand side of the Point.  Both of these views are on the Three Sisters beach side of the Point.  Once again, Mt Egmont is in the background.  

30.7.2003   PHO2008-073, 083, 115

A full cliff-face collapse had occurred on the 3SB side of the Point proper.  I estimated it to be no more than 24 hours old.  Gargantuan boulders and rocks splayed out at the cliff’s base.  There was still some soil with a flax plant on top.  The boulders were hard edged.  PHO2008-115 shows the large, buttress type cliff promontory that is on the Four Brothers beach side of what I define as ‘The Point’

13.8.2003   PHO2008-136-137

CLIFF SEQUENCING.  More material had come down after the initial cliff collapse I observed on 30.7.03.  Also, the waves had smashed the rocks, including the largest ones to smaller rocks and they were now rounded at the edges.  The soil and plants had gone.

28.8.2003   PHO2008-201-202

These two images give different views of the Point.  PHO2008-201 was taken on the Four Brothers beach side of the Point and looks north beyond it.  PHO2008-202 is taken almost to seaward of the Point with the Hole in the Rock stack partially obscured to the left.  This view looks south towards the Four Brothers beach with White Cliffs in the distance.

6.9.2003   PHO2008-206

Though this telephoto view primarily focusses on the cliffs on the Four Brothers Beach, it also shows the Point.  Due to the stacking effect of the telephoto lens, the Oldes Brother appears to be close to the Point.  It isn’t, but in this photo it does show the location of the Point.  The Three Sisters Beach is on the northern side and the Four Brothers Beach, highlighted here, is on the southern side of the Point.

6.10.2003   PHO2008-251

The cliff debris at the base of the cliff had now almost gone, only small rocks remained.

24.11.2003   PHO2008-412, 1116

All of the remaining rocks from the cliff fall had now either vanished or what remained, was buried under a high sand base.  The photos shown here show both the buttress cliff promontory of the the Point located on the Four Brothers beach side of the Point, and the bulbous shaped cliff on the Three Sisters side of the Point.  The Hole in the Rock and Elephant Rock are just north of this, but partially obscured.


There was no trace of the July cliff fall debris material.


4.1.2004   PHO2008-1176

From the Brothers Overlook, and with a telephoto lens, I was able to capture the twin cliff buttresses that together form the Point.  Elephant Rock, partially obscured is immediately to the rear.  Due to the stacking effect of the telephoto lens, it appears to be up close to the Point.  In reality it is further away than the photo suggests.

1.8.2004   PHO2008-1322, 1324-1325

These three images show different views of the Point.


20.8.2005   PHO2008-1410

A particularly nice day.  I took a location photo showing the Point proper, the Hole in the Rock and looking down the 4BB and towards White cliffs.


19.9.2005   PHO2008-1462


ALPHA STORM.  This view shows the Point from the Three Sisters side with storm foam decorating the incoming waves.





I left my anorak at the base of the buttress cliff, then proceeded down the 4BB.  Upon my return there were some cliff shavings on my anorak.

10.8.2006   PHO2008-1980-1981

Upon my return to the Point from the Four Brothers Beach, I noticed some cliff shavings at the base of the buttress cliff.  (The same place as noted above on 26.7.06).  I didn’t photograph the cliff shavings.  These had fallen during my visit.  I photographed a small indentation/mini arch at the base of the buttress cliff.  I also photographed the upper part of the cliff face on the Four Brothers Beach side of the Passageway.  (See also Section Five on Sea Caves).

9.9.2006   PHO2008-1999

A very recent small cliff sploosh on the 4BB side of the Point, specifically the cliff area near the southern cave entrance, (horseshoe shaped cove), was observed but not photographed.  Raining.  I did photograph the gap between the Hole in the Rock and the Point on the Three Sisters beach side.


23.12.2007   PHO2011-1124-1125

The conditions were extremely calm with no swell whatsoever.  The main thing of note is that I photographed the horseshoe type bay and bowl to the rear of the Point proper.  One image also shoes part of the Hole in the Rock and part of the protruding buttress cliff.


6.5.2008   PHO2011-1233

Below the buttress cliff, I observed a lot of tiny soil debris littering the sand.  On the high part of the buttress cliff, a central slab of vegetation had slipped off.  This was probably dislodged by heavy rain.  No evidence of it survived at the base of the cliff.  Anything falling here would be very quickly smashed up.  The soil debris I observed would have been follow-up material.


14.12.2008   PHO2011-1439-1442, 1444

CLIFF SEQUENCING.  A good sea state and beach level meant I was able to photograph the Point from the seaward side of it.



Most of the time, access through the Passageway cave is impossible unless you have togs on.  A deep lake is usually present at the northern, 3SB side entrance.  On this day though, the beach level had built up close enough to allow access to an underwater shelf that is about four feet in from the usual water-line.  The shelf itself is only about 15 inches below the water and it leads through to a built up sand layer on the 4BB side of the cave.  Most of the time you cannot access the Passageway without having to scramble through deep water before you reach the ledge.



20.4.2009   PHO2011-1758


I just wanted to photograph the Point with the panoramic camera.


At the northern entrance, the bottom was built up with sand and pebbles almost right up to the left-hand ledge that led out to the 4BB side of the cave.  Usually there is a deep hole at this point.  This is only the second time I have been able to go through the Passageway due to rare sand build-up at this spot.

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