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Stockton Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw239
Includes Beaches:
Stockton Beach Newcastle Bight/stockton Stockton
State/Region:
NSW - Salt Ash
Post Code:
2318
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • 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
  • Parking Parking
  • 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 22/12 Tue 23/12 Wed 24/12 Thu 25/12 Fri 26/12 Sat 27/12 Sun 28/12
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
   

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
5
First Aids:
14
Preventative Actions:
349

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Stockton SLSC

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

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27°19° 23°16° 23°16° 25°16° 28°15° 33°16°

WILLIAMTOWN (9 km) issued at (EST)

WATER

21

Issued at Tue, December 23 07:37

SWELL FORECAST

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • E
    1.1 m
  • E
    0.9 m
  • E
    0.9 m
  • E
    0.9 m
  • E
    0.9 m

Salt Ash issued at Mon, December 22 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

12

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TODAY'S TIDE

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Newcastle issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

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