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Town

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw161
Includes Beaches:
Town
State/Region:
NSW - Port Macquarie
Post Code:
2444
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

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

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 26/01 Tue 27/01 Wed 28/01 Thu 29/01 Fri 30/01 Sat 31/01 Sun 01/02
Port Macquarie Hastings Council Lifeguard Service
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30
09:00
- 17:30

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
0

The following organisations contribute to the above totals:

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

Today 22° wind ESE/ 9 km/h

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Weather information
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PORT MACQUARIE (5 km) issued at Tue 27 Jan 02:30 (EST)

WATER

26

Issued at Mon, January 26 13:10

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Southerly 15 to 25 knots.

Swell:
Easterly 1,5 metres.
Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks issued at Mon, January 26 16:06 (Local Time)

UV INDEX

13

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • High
    2:44
    1.60m
  • Low
    8:56
    0.61m
  • High
    14:54
    1.41m
  • Low
    21:07
    0.50m
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Newcastle issued at Tue, January 27 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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