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BLACK HEAD

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw192
State/Region:
NSW Red Head
Post Code:
2430
Length:
1.58km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
shelly  (0.6km) pebbly  (0.7km) diamond south  (0.8km) diamond reef  (1km) saltwater/diamond  (2.6km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Pool Pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • 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
    Black Head SLSC Inc.
    09:00
    -
    13:00
    09:00
    -
    13:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    3
    First Aids:
    14
    Preventative Actions:
    530

    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

    Thu, 11 Feb 03:00 pm

    FORSTER (8 km)


    Mostly clear.
    27.00 °C
    E/20 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    30° 16° 29° 18° 31° 17° 35° 18° 30° 20° 30° 19°

    WATER

    24

    Issued at Thu, 11 Feb 15:05

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • ESE
      11 km/h
      1.3m
    • ENE
      16 km/h
      1.3m
    • NNE
      13 km/h
      1.3m
    • ENE
      17 km/h
      1.2m
    • SE
      11 km/h
      1.1m
    • ENE
      21 km/h
      1.2m
    • E
      16 km/h
      0.9m
    • E
      15 km/h
      0.7m

    Red Head issued at Wed, 10 Feb 19:15

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
    Swell:
    Southeasterly 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1.5 metres during the morning.
    Seas:
    Below 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

    UV INDEX

    12



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      04:51
      0.36m
    • High
      11:14
      1.92m
    • Low
      17:37
      0.21m
    • High
      23:51
      1.67m

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    Newcastle issued at Thu, 11 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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