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Tacking Point/lighthouse

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw171
Includes Beaches:
Tacking Point/lighthouse
State/Region:
NSW - Port Macquarie
Post Code:
2444
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach

Tacking Point marks the end of the hard intrusive rocks that dominate the Port Macquarie coast and beaches. Four longer beaches (NSW 171-173) sweep for 15.5 km to the southwest to the more rolling slopes of Bonny Hills. The first beach, Lighthouse or Tacking Point Beach extends southwest of the point for 700 m between to the low Watonga Rocks, which extends across the lower beach and into the surf (Fig. 4.92 & 4.93). This is the main surfing beach for Port Macquarie, with the Tacking Point SLSC (established 1971) located at the northern end of the backing foreshore reserve, beside the small Lighthouse Gully creek. The reserve is in turn backed by Matthew Flinders Drive, then residential housing on the backing slopes, which rise to 50 m. The beach faces the southeast and receives waves averaging 1.6 m which combine with the fine sand to produce a well developed one to two bar system. The inner bar is always present and usually continuous and attached to the shore. However wave greater than 1.5 m result in rips cutting the bar particularly against the point and the rocks, and form a second outer bar. A wide trough, usually occupied by rips, separates the inner bar from the outer bar, which when present, is cut by rips at both ends.

Swimming

An exposed and potentially hazardous rip-dominated beach. Stay between the flags and on the inner bar.

Surfing

A popular summer spot where the northeasterlies blow offshore, best waves during moderate east and southeast swell on the outer bar.

Fishing

Both Tacking Point and Watonga Rocks are popular spots, with the point offering high, relatively safe locations, while Watonga Rocks can be fished off the beach for bream, whiting, tailor and mulloway.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Lookout Lookout
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Parking Parking
  • Bus Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Camping Prohibited Camping Prohibited
  • Bicycles Allowed Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Vehicles No Vehicles
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • No Firearms No Firearms

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 20/10 Tue 21/10 Wed 22/10 Thu 23/10 Fri 24/10 Sat 25/10 Sun 26/10
Tacking Point SLSC
          09:00
- 16:00
09:00
- 16:00

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
2
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
53

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Tacking Point SLSC

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 28° wind ENE/17 km/h

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Weather information
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31°14° 30°15° 25°14° 25°13° 26°13° 27°14°

PORT MACQUARIE (8 km) issued at Sun 26 Oct 16:00 (EST)

WATER

20

Issued at Sat, October 25 07:01

SWELL FORECAST

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • E
    0.7 m
  • ENE
    1.1 m
  • NE
    1 m
  • NNE
    0.9 m
  • NE
    1.3 m

10 km from Port Macquarie issued at Fri, October 24 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

10

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TODAY'S TIDE

No tide data is currently available from the Bureau of Meteorology for this location

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