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TOWN

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw161
State/Region:
NSW Port Macquarie
Post Code:

Length:
0.63km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
oxleys  (0.3km) pelican point  (0.5km) rocky  (0.8km) flynns  (1km) nobbys  (1.3km)

Beach Status

OPEN

Beach

Town Beach (NSW 161) is the most popular in Port Macquarie owing to its location near the centre of town, with a car park running the length of the beach and a riverfront caravan park behind. However it is also a potentially hazardous beach because of its proximity to rocks and the Hastings River mouth (Fig. 4.89). The 600 m long beach, curves between the southern river entrance wall and Green Mound, a jagged 15 m high headland, capped by the Pilots flagstaff. It faces northeast and has numerous rocks in the surf increasing toward the Mound. The low gradient beach is composed of fine sand and is dominated by permanent rips against the entrance wall and the Mound, with a third shifting central rip. Further out the Hastings River sand bar sweeps in towards the Mound. The river mouth bars and associated tidal flows produce variable bars and channels. Strong tidal currents move across these outer bars and channels with each tide. As a result the patrolled area is always located in the southern corner in lee of the larger rocks and well away from the river.

Swimming

Stay on the inner bar and between the flags or in the southern corner. Do not swim in the river. It is deep and has strong currents.

Surfing

A popular spot with board riders owing to the numerous bars and protection from south winds. When the bars and tide is right the beach can hold large southeast swell. Inside the breakwater is a spot called Flagstaff, which breaks over a sand bar in larger south swells.

Fishing

The South Wall is popular while some reasonable holes form amongst the rocks around Green Mound.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Playground Playground
  • Bus Bus

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

    Patrol Information
      Mon 08/02 Tue 09/02 Wed 10/02 Thu 11/02 Fri 12/02 Sat 13/02 Sun 14/02
    Port Macquarie Hastings Council Lifeguard Service
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30
    09:00
    -
    16:30

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Port Macquarie Hastings Council Lifeguard Service

    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

    Fri, 12 Feb 11:00 am

    PORT MACQUARIE (3 km)


    Possible morning shower.
    26.70 °C
    ENE/15 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    FriSatSunMonTueWed
    28° 19° 28° 18° 30° 18° 31° 19° 28° 20° 26° 19°

    WATER

    26

    Issued at Thu, 11 Feb 15:05

    SWELL FORECAST

    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • ENE
      8 km/h
      1.3m
    • E
      12 km/h
      1.3m
    • NE
      6 km/h
      1.3m
    • ENE
      12 km/h
      1.2m
    • SW
      12 km/h
      1.1m
    • NE
      18 km/h
      1.2m
    • NE
      15 km/h
      1.2m
    • ENE
      12 km/h
      1m

    Port Macquarie issued at Thu, 11 Feb 22:58

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Easterly 10 to 15 knots.
    Swell:
    Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie.
    Seas:
    Below 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

    UV INDEX

    11



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      05:45
      0.39m
    • High
      12:01
      1.82m
    • Low
      18:22
      0.27m

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    Newcastle issued at Fri, 12 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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