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Kingscliff/Cudgen

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw003c
Includes Beaches:
dreamtime/kingscliff/cudgen dreamtime north kingscliff
State/Region:
NSW Kingscliff
Post Code:
2487
Length:
0km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
north kingscliff  (1km) peppers salt resorts and spa  (1.6km) mantra on salt beach  (1.7km) dreamtime/kingscliff/cudgen  (2km) dreamtime  (2.3km)

Beach

Wommin Bay runs from Fingal Head for 6.4 km south to Cudgen Headland. It contains a continuous sandy beach known as Dreamtime in the north and centre and Kingscliff in the south, with Cudgen Headland Surf Club at the southern end, surrounded by Kingscliff township. This is a popular beach just off the Pacific Highway, with a car park and access on the south side of Fingal Head in the north and Kingscliff in the south, as well as from the road that runs between Wommin Lake and the beach. Towards Kingscliff are two beachfront caravan parks, and next to the surf club a park and car park. Its early popularity led to the formation of the surf club in 1922. The first clubhouse was opened in January 1924 the same day the Wommin Bay Road was opened, which ensured the growing popularity of the beach. The beach is backed by low dunes for most of its length, providing a natural appearance. It is composed of fine sand which, combined with its exposure to most waves, produces an energetic two bar surf zone and numerous rips. Wave energy is highest in the centre-north where an attached inner bar cut by rips every 300 to 400 m dominates, with a deep trough separating it from the more widely spaced rips of the outer bar. This system continues down to Kingscliff, however, the vicinity of the southern caravan park and the surf club, the presence of Cudgen Creek and headland influences the beach. The moderate protection provided by the headland combined with the tidal shoals of the creek produce a permanent, yet variable sand shoal that periodically sends pulses of sand (sand waves) north along the beach. The sand waves are evident as a prominent bar and equally prominent trough and rip that sweep to the north.These conditions can produce great surf for the board riders, but also generate a hazardous northward current for the bathers, conditions that contribute to the average of 12 rescues each year. Also, tidal currents sweep in and out of Cudgen Creek and rocks are present in the surf south of the surf club.

Swimming

This is an attractive beach with lots of potential hazards in the form of rips on the inner and outer bar, a deep trough running the length of the beach, and in the south interesting and variable sand shoals around Cudgen Headland, with equally hazardous tidal, longshore and rip currents. So make sure you stay between the flags, and even then watch for the northward sweep, which contribute to the 11 rescues each year.

Surfing

Numerous beach breaks along Wommin Beach offer variable quality depending on banks, waves and tide. In front of the Bowling Club is a popular spot in Kingscliff, while at Cudgen Reef out on the headland good, fast rights are often formed both on the reefs off the creek mouth, and along the adjacent beach, the latter depending on the shape and position of the sand wave.

Fishing

Shifting gutters along Wommin and Kingscliff beaches, with permanent gutter against Fingal Head. The Kingscliff bar can produce a deep gutter on the north side, with spots also up the shallow Cudgen Creek. 4 WD beach licence required.

General

Cudgen - Kingscliff offers a more traditional Australian holiday spot with 4 caravan parks and several motels, but as yet no high rise resorts or major development. An attractive spot catering to all the travellers and tourists needs.

Location

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    Regulation Symbols

      SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

      Last updated: 29/11/2013 10:58:10

       

      PATROL INFORMATION

      There is no beach service this week.

      STATISTICS

      July 2016 - June 2017

      Rescues:
      0
      First Aids:
      0
      Preventative Actions:
      0

      The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Cudgen Headland SLSC Kingscliff Beach (Lifeguards)

      Hazards

      • Topographic rips Topographic rips
      • Inshore holes Inshore holes
      • Beach erosion Beach erosion
      • High surf High surf
      • Beach Rips Beach Rips
      • Longshore Current Longshore Current
      • Shallow Sandbars Shallow Sandbars
      • Slippery rocks Slippery rocks
      • Structure Structure

      Service Providers

      SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

      WEATHER

      Sat, 23 Jul 06:00 pm

      COOLANGATTA (7 km)


      Clear.
      24.60 °C
      WNW/17 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SatSunMonTueWedThu
      26° 15° 20° 10° 20° 11° 19° 10° 19° 11° 20° 11°

      WATER

      22

      Issued at Sat, 23 Jul 14:00

      SWELL FORECAST

      Saturday
      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • NNW
        22 km/h
        1.2m
      • W
        20 km/h
        0.6m
      • SW
        14 km/h
        0.6m
      • SSW
        10 km/h
        0.8m
      • WSW
        11 km/h
        0.9m
      • SSE
        10 km/h
        1m
      • WSW
        9 km/h
        0.7m
      • WSW
        7 km/h
        0.6m

      Kingscliff issued at Fri, 22 Jul 21:56

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the day. Turning westerly during the afternoon.
      Swell:
      Southerly below 1 metre.
      Seas:
      1 to 2 metres.
      Weather:
      Sunny.

      UV INDEX

      5



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        05:25
        0.24m
      • high
        10:27
        1.16m
      • low
        16:35
        0.25m
      • high
        22:40
        1.53m

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      Kingscliff issued at Sat, 23 Jul 19:08

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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