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Stockton Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw239
Includes Beaches:
newcastle bight/stockton stockton
State/Region:
NSW Salt Ash
Post Code:
2318
Length:
0.03km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Extremely hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
birubi point  (8.9km) fishermans bay  (9.6km) little kingsley  (10.1km) nobbys head  (10.1km) kingsley  (10.3km)

Beach

Stockton Beach (NSW 239) is the longest beach in NSW and curves in a gentle south-trending arc from Birubi Point for 31.8 km to the mouth of the Hunter River at Newcastle. It occupies Newcastle Bight, known at its southern end as Stockton Bight. For most of its length the beach is well exposed to the dominant southerly waves and winds. The waves have delivered masses of Hunter River sand to the beach, which has then been blown up to 3 km inland, building one of the largest and most active coastal dune systems in NSW (Fig. 4.138). The beach can be divided into the northern Birubi Point section and the southern Stockton section.The beach receives all waves out of the east through south, which averages 1.6 m, only decreasing in the southern 5 km toward Stockton and the northern Hunter River entrance wall, a massive structure extending 800 m out to sea. Beach sediments are fine in the north and medium to the south. The waves combine to maintain a well-developed double bar system for most of the length of the beach, with even three bars occurring in the north during very high seas. The inner bar is usually attached and cut by rips every 300-400 m, which are bordered by a deep 80 m wide trough and the outer bar with rips every several hundred metres. Only in the last few kilometres at Stockton do the lower waves and coarser sand result in a single attached bar, however it is still cut by rips all the way to the entrance wall. The end result is a long and hazardous beach, with waves only decreasing in front of the southern Stockton surf club.

Swimming

At Birubi Point rips are strong and there is a permanent rip against the rocks. Use caution if swimming here, and stay between the flags. In the south, waves are usually lower and the beach patrolled. Watch for rips along the entire beach, particularly north of Stockton where they increase in strength.

Surfing

Birubi Point is a popular summer spot for Newcastle surfers as it picks up any southeast swell and the northeast winds blow offshore. The central beach area is a no-mans-land of numerous beach breaks, with the wreck of the Sigma sometimes producing good banks. Stockton is a popular spot with the locals.

Fishing

The entire beach is accessible by 4WD and numerous gutters always abound. These are fished for whiting, flathead, bream, tailor, mulloway and salmon. Popular spots are the Sigma wreck 10 km up the beach, and the Stockton Breakwater, including the Adolf wreck on the entrance wall.

General

4WD permitted on beach and some sections of bare dunes.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Artificial shade Artificial shade
  • Power supply Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus Bus
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

Regulation Symbols

  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Trailbikes No Trailbikes
  • No Vehicles No Vehicles
  • No Horses No Horses
  • No Alcohol No Alcohol
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • No Glass No Glass

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
Stockton SLSC
09:00
-
17:00
09:00
-
17:00
Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service
09:00
-
17:30
09:00
-
17:30
09:00
-
17:30
09:00
-
17:30
09:00
-
17:30
09:00
-
17:30

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
7
Preventative Actions:
82

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Stockton SLSC Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Sun, 14 Feb 03:00 am

WILLIAMTOWN (6 km)


Partly cloudy.
19.10 °C
CALM/0 km/h
Wind

Weather information
SunMonTueWedThuFri
34° 19° 30° 22° 29° 21° 25° 18° 27° 18° 30° 20°

WATER

24

Issued at Sat, 13 Feb 15:04

SWELL FORECAST

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • NNE
    18 km/h
    0.9m
  • NE
    24 km/h
    1.3m
  • E
    9 km/h
    1.1m
  • ENE
    22 km/h
    1.2m
  • SE
    16 km/h
    1.5m
  • S
    25 km/h
    1.9m
  • S
    33 km/h
    2.4m
  • SSE
    20 km/h
    2.4m

Salt Ash issued at Sat, 13 Feb 23:28

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, turning south to southeasterly in the afternoon or evening.
Swell:
Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas:
1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather:
Sunny.

UV INDEX

12



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • High
    01:34
    1.67m
  • Low
    07:43
    0.52m
  • High
    13:47
    1.53m
  • Low
    20:00
    0.45m

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Newcastle issued at Sun, 14 Feb 00:00

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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