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FINGAL

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw230
Includes Beaches:
boulder bay
State/Region:
NSW Fingal Bay
Post Code:
2315
Length:
2.7km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
fly roads  (0.7km) box  (0.9km) wreck  (1.2km) wreck north  (1.4km) shark bay  (1.6km)

Beach

Fingal Beach is an interesting location for two reasons. First the beach is located in Fingal Bay, which forms a southeast-facing 1.5 km wide almost circular shape, with a 1 km wide rocky entrance between Point Stephens and Fingal Head. Second, high waves occasionally breach the northern Fly Roads section of the beach, at times giving the bay two entrances. The southern side of the bay is backed by a settlement of the same name, which had grown sufficiently by 1964 to warrant the formation of the Fingal Beach SLSC. The road from Shoal Bay runs along the southern half of the beach, together with a bike track to the high school. Car parking is available around the surf club, next to the park and in the southern corner, while the entire settlement is surrounded by Tomaree National Park. Fingal is the surfing beach for Nelson-Shoal bays and works best in moderate to high southeast waves. The waves usually average less than 0.5 m in the south, but increase northward to average just over 1 m north of the surf club, and again dropping in height along the spit toward Point Stephens. As a result a continuous attached bar occurs to either end with an attached bar cut by rips along the central portion, including in front of the surf club. During and following high waves up to 10 rips can form on the curving 2.7 km long beach including a strong rips against the normally calm southern head.

Swimming

A moderately hazardous beach, best between the flags or toward the sheltered southern end. Watch the rips north of the surf club and particularly if the spit if its open.

Surfing

The beach breaks work best during southeast swell, with swell higher than 2 m producing a southern point break.

Fishing

There is a beach boat launching at the south end, with fishing up the beach in the gutters and off the protected south rocks.

General

4WD on beach with permit.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Playground Playground
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Camping Camping
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Bike path Bike path
  • Lookout Lookout
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Artificial shade Artificial shade
  • Power supply Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs

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 12:04:53

 

PATROL INFORMATION

There is no beach service this week.

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
27
First Aids:
167
Preventative Actions:
14762

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Fingal Beach SLSC Fingal Beach (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

Wed, 29 Jun 03:00 pm

NELSON BAY (NEL (2 km)


Cloud increasing.
16.00 °C
WSW/9 km/h
Wind

Weather information
ThuFriSatSunMonTue
17° 16° 10° 17° 17° 18° 18° 11°

WATER

19

Issued at Wed, 29 Jun 14:05

SWELL FORECAST

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • NNW
    13 km/h
    1m
  • NW
    22 km/h
    0.8m
  • WNW
    41 km/h
    1.1m
  • W
    34 km/h
    1.9m
  • W
    25 km/h
    2.3m
  • W
    16 km/h
    1.6m
  • WNW
    15 km/h
    1.2m
  • SSE
    9 km/h
    1m

Fingal Bay issued at Wed, 29 Jun 17:59

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Port Stephens during the afternoon and evening. Tending west to northwesterly during the afternoon and evening.
Swell:
Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas:
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather:
Partly cloudy.

UV INDEX

2



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • high
    04:07
    1.44m
  • low
    10:13
    0.37m
  • high
    16:53
    1.72m
  • low
    23:18
    0.46m

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Port Stephens issued at Thu, 30 Jun 06:02

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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