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SOUTH SMOKY 2

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw144B
Includes Beaches:
south smoky - hat head south smoky 1 hat head
State/Region:
NSW Kinchela
Post Code:
2440
Length:
0.01km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Extremely hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
south smoky - hat head  (2.3km) little  (3.1km) hat head  (3.1km) island  (3.6km) gap  (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
  • 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.

     

    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

      Sun, 07 Feb 09:00 am

      SMOKY CAPE (7 km)


      Mostly clear.
      19.60 °C
      SW/15 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SunMonTueWedThuFri
      27° 20° 27° 20° 27° 21° 28° 20° 28° 20° 29° 21°

      WATER

      26

      Issued at Sun, 07 Feb 15:04

      SWELL FORECAST

      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SSW
        22 km/h
        1.9m
      • S
        24 km/h
        1.6m
      • SW
        23 km/h
        1.2m
      • S
        30 km/h
        1.5m
      • SSW
        30 km/h
        1.8m
      • S
        31 km/h
        1.9m
      • SSW
        20 km/h
        1.4m
      • SE
        18 km/h
        1.4m

      Kinchela issued at Sat, 06 Feb 19:11

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore north of Port Macquarie early in the morning and again in the evening.
      Swell:
      Southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, tending southerly around 1 metre during the morning.
      Seas:
      Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie.
      Weather:
      Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing, easing during the day.

      UV INDEX

      12



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • Low
        01:38
        0.32m
      • High
        08:24
        1.65m
      • Low
        14:49
        0.30m
      • High
        20:32
        1.29m

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      Yamba issued at Sun, 07 Feb 00:00

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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