WHERE have our beaches gone?
They've copped an incredible pounding from Mother Nature in the past month or so, with the massive swells leaving behind dangerous conditions for the unwary.
Treacherous drops from the dunes to the sand below can now be seen right along our coastline, and many walkways have become no-go zones as a result of the constant erosion.
Our beaches certainly won't be looking their best when the 2006/2007 surf season kicks off on September 30, just over two weeks away.
But don't despair ? they should be back in top shape by the summer.
Weather permitting, of course.
Coffs Harbour City Council's lifeguard co-ordinator, Greg Hackfath, said unseasonably huge seas had stripped sand from all the beaches on the Coffs Coast.
"Normally we get big seas in March or April when the cyclones are on, and then the sand gradually builds up again, but unfortunately we've copped it in the middle of the cycle," he said.
"The southerly swells have stripped the beaches bare.
"They'll come back. It's just going to take a lot of time.
"As long as there are no more massive seas, the natural build-up of sand along the coast means our beaches should be back to normal by the summer."
Because of the erosion, lifeguards will examine our beaches in the lead-up to the surf season to pick the most appropriate spots to set up patrols.