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TACKING POINT/LIGHTHOUSE

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw171
State/Region:
NSW Port Macquarie
Post Code:

Length:
0.68km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
tacking point north  (0.4km) miners south  (0.7km) miners north  (1km) miners (n)  (1.2km) shelly  (1.5km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • 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
  • 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.

Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:05:04

 

PATROL INFORMATION

There is no beach service this week.

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
6
First Aids:
10
Preventative Actions:
237

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

Hazards

  • Sharks Sharks
  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Winds Winds
  • Littoral currents Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips Fixed rips
  • Travelling rips Travelling rips
  • Rocks Rocks
  • Reefs Reefs
  • Beach exposure Beach exposure
  • Long beach Long beach
  • High surf High surf
  • Gutters Gutters
  • Strong Currents Strong Currents

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

Tue, 03 May 07:00 am

PORT MACQUARIE (5 km)


Mostly sunny.
14.60 °C
CALM/0 km/h
Wind

Weather information
TueWedThuFriSatSun
25° 14° 25° 13° 25° 13° 25° 13° 25° 14° 26° 16°

WATER

24

Issued at Mon, 02 May 14:07

SWELL FORECAST

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • WSW
    8 km/h
    1.2m
  • SSE
    9 km/h
    1.2m
  • W
    11 km/h
    1.2m
  • ESE
    12 km/h
    1.3m
  • W
    7 km/h
    1m
  • ESE
    13 km/h
    1.2m
  • WNW
    8 km/h
    1.1m
  • SE
    8 km/h
    1.2m

Port Macquarie issued at Mon, 02 May 22:14

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning west to southwesterly before dawn then becoming east to northeasterly about 10 knots in the afternoon, shifting northerly at night.
Swell:
Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas:
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather:
Mostly sunny. 60% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

UV INDEX

5



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • high
    05:12
    1.38m
  • low
    11:40
    0.25m
  • high
    17:56
    1.32m
  • low
    23:58
    0.35m

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Port Macquarie issued at Tue, 03 May 07:21

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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