Loved Garie, especially north end when it had good sand/rock combo working, tend to go south of 'Gong rather than north but have been meaning to head up that way....I heard it gets swarmed these days and RNP in general from the ever growing SW Sydney population, but may just have to bite the bullet and get up there over Summer for a day trip just for something different....!
Sure does get swamped. I started surfing there in the mid 1970's. Was in my mid teens, so if I didn't get a lift down, I hitchhiked in and out, sometimes with a very long wait in an empty car park. Fortunately the resident ranger (father of school friend) let me keep my board at the ranger station. Summer weekends we surfed at Werrong, Burning Palms or Era to avoid the crowds. When I finally got a car in the late 1970's, I would hit Garie at dawn for an hour, then back home, shower and then catch the train to the city for work. A mate (now an ambassador) worked in the MSB building at Circular Quay and would call me up if the NE'er wasn't howling so we could knock off early to get a late session in.