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Black Head

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw192
Includes Beaches:
Black Head
State/Region:
NSW - Red Head
Post Code:
2430
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach

Black Head is composed of Devonian mudstones, however unlike its neighbour Red Head, the name does not refer to the colour of the rock, but rather the Irish birthplace of the first settler William Hoy. The rocks on Black Head are however worth a look as they slope steeply in to the sea and are locally known as Razorback Rock. A rock pool is also located on the Black Head rock platform.

The beach (NSW 192) is 1.6 km long running in a gentle east-facing arc between Red and Black heads (Fig. 4.108 & 4.109). It is backed by a single foredune with a creek running out across the southern end of the beach. Access is provided in the north from the Red Head car park with a walkway leading to the northern end of the beach, and from the caravan park that backs the centre of the beach. At the southern end there is a picnic area along the creek banks with additional parking around the Black Head SLSC and on the headland. Swimming began at Black Head in the early 1900s and a homemade surf reel was first placed on the beach in 1915. The surf club was formed in 1924 and its shark tower erected with the help of a team of bullocks. Today the club has an excellent view up the beach from its location below the southern headland. A small lagoon and creek drain across the southern corner with two footbridges crossing the lagoon to the beach. The small Hallidays Point community occupies the northern slopes of Black Head, with new subdivisions expanding the settlement to the west. The Diamond Beach-Hallidays Point community has a population of 1050.

The beach receives slight protection during southerly waves from Black Head, resulting in an increase in wave height up the beach to peak at an average of 1.5 m at the north end. The beach has persistent rips along the north-central portion and off along Red Head, with rips only forming in the south during and following higher waves, which also produce a strong rip against Black Head.

Swimming

Best in the south in the patrolled area and in the rock pool. If up the beach stay on the attached portions of the bar and away from rips and side currents.

Surfing

A popular beach for surfing with both beach breaks and a reef break off Black Head, which works best when waves exceed 2 m.

Fishing

The beach only has gutters following high seas, while the rocks at each end are fronted by shallow reef.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Pool Pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • 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 14/04 Tue 15/04 Wed 16/04 Thu 17/04 Fri 18/04 Sat 19/04 Sun 20/04
Black Head SLSC Inc.
          09:00
- 13:00
09:00
- 13:00

STATISTICS

July 2013 - June 2014

Rescues:
14
First Aids:
40
Preventative Actions:
1396

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Black Head SLSC Inc. Blackhead (Lifeguards)

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 20° wind WNW/15 km/h

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23°15° 23°14° 23°13° 25°14° 26°15° 25°16°

FORSTER (13 km) issued at Sat 19 Apr 09:00 (EST)

WATER

23

Issued at Sat, April 19 07:00

SWELL FORECAST

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • SE
    1.8 m
  • SE
    2.5 m
  • SE
    2.4 m
  • SE
    1.6 m
  • SSE
    1 m

6 km from Red Head issued at Fri, April 18 22:00 (EST)

UV INDEX

5

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    5:10
    0.41m
  • High
    11:15
    1.47m
  • Low
    16:54
    0.59m
  • High
    23:23
    1.82m
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Newcastle issued at Sat, April 19 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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