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SOUTH SMOKY 1

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw144A
Includes Beaches:
south smoky - hat head south smoky 2 hat head
State/Region:
NSW Jerseyville
Post Code:
2431
Length:
2.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
south smoky - hat head  (1.4km) north smoky 3  (3.2km) north smoky 2  (3.4km) north smoky 1  (3.5km) cobble  (3.7km)

Beach

There is an excellent view of South Smoky Beach (NSW 144) from the Smoky Cape lighthouse car park. The 16 km long beach runs initially south-southwest then south before curving round at Hat Head to finally face northeast and can be divided into three sections. The northernmost (NSW 144a) extends southwest of the cape for 2.5 km to a subdued foreland in lee of Black Rocks reef, located 1 km seaward. This section is fully exposed with a well-developed rip-dominated double bar system. One kilometre south of the cape is a beach side picnic and camping area, together with 4WD access to the beach.Beach NSW 144b extends south of the foreland for 11.5 km, trending southwest then south towards Hat Head. It has a continuous rip-dominated double bar system, with up to 40 beach rips operating along the inner bar. The only access is by 4WD along the beach. It is backed by 200-500 m wide dunes, then a swampy interbarrier depression and an inner Pleistocene barrier, all located within Hat Head National Park.The southern Hat Head section (NSW 144c) curves to the southeast in lee of 164 m high Hat Head, which protrudes 1.5 km to the northeast as Korogoro Point. As a consequence wave height drops to the south, maintaining a single rip-dominated bar, which terminates in the south as a wide shallow bar against the mouth of Korogoro Creek (Fig. 4.74 & 4.75). The shallow creek flowing out hard against the rocks of Hat Head. This beach is backed by a vegetated foredune, then the small village of Hat Head (population 350), which has a large caravan park bordered by the creek mouth. The Hat Head SLSC, established in 1948, and lifeguards patrol the popular creek mouth and southern end of the beach. There is a boat ramp at the creek mouth.

Swimming

Be very careful at South Smoky and along the main beach as rips and a wide surf zone dominate. Stay on the attached bars, if present, and away from rip holes and currents. Best swimming is a Hat Head between the flags on the usually wide flat bar and in the shallow creek mouth. However rips form against the point and particularly up the beach.

Surfing

Hat Head well known for its good righthand beach break at the point, which when the bars are right can run on down the beach. Holds northeast to southeast swell up to 3 m, with south-westerlies blowing offshore.

Fishing

There is a permanent gutter at the base of Smoky Cape, and numerous gutters down the beach, which are fished for whiting, bream and tailor. In addition there is the creek at Hat Head, with a boat ramp in the creek.

General

The northern 0.5 km and southern 1.5 km at Hat Head are closed to all vehicles, except at the boat ramp. The central 14.5 km of beach is open. A beach driving permit is required from Kempsey Shire Council, and is also available from Hat Head and South West Rocks caravan parks.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Park Park

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: 28/08/2013 12:04:54

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    Hazards

    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

      Wed, 29 Jun 09:00 am

      SMOKY CAPE (3 km)


      Sunny.
      13.80 °C
      SW/19 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
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      WATER

      21

      Issued at Tue, 28 Jun 14:04

      SWELL FORECAST

      Wednesday
      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • WSW
        19 km/h
        1.7m
      • SW
        14 km/h
        1.2m
      • WNW
        13 km/h
        0.8m
      • NNW
        16 km/h
        0.8m
      • W
        19 km/h
        0.6m
      • WSW
        16 km/h
        0.5m
      • WSW
        15 km/h
        0.7m
      • SW
        8 km/h
        0.7m

      Jerseyville issued at Tue, 28 Jun 18:28

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Port Macquarie during the morning. Decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening.
      Swell:
      South to southeasterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
      Seas:
      1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening.
      Weather:
      Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.

      UV INDEX

      2



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • high
        03:13
        1.33m
      • low
        09:37
        0.33m
      • high
        16:15
        1.41m
      • low
        22:24
        0.53m

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      South West Rocks issued at Wed, 29 Jun 15:33

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      TODAY'S RADAR

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