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NOBBYS

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw242
State/Region:
NSW Newcastle
Post Code:
2300
Length:
0.8km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
horseshoe beach  (0.1km) nobbys head  (0.3km) little park  (0.5km) newcastle  (0.8km) stockton  (0.9km)

Beach

Nobbys Head was called Nobbys Island until it was joined to the mainland by the construction of the southern Hunter River entrance wall in 1846. On the east side of the small knobbly head is a 250 m long beach (NSW 241), bordered by the entrance wall on the north and the inner rocks and reefs of Big Ben Rock in the south. In the early days of penal settlement the head was called Coal Island, where coal was mined by convicts. The beach can now be reached via the breakwater road. It is a moderately protected beach and waves average less than 1 m, producing a steep beach fronted by a continuous shallow bar, with rocks in the surf toward Big Ben.Nobbys Beach (NSW 242) was also formed as a result of the entrance wall, and today the wall backs the entire beach. During big seas waves wash across the beach to reach the wall. At the south end a seawall continues round in front of the Nobby SLSC, founded in 1923, to car park at the foot of 20 m high Flagstaff Hill. The 900 m long beach faces the east-southeast and receives waves averaging 1.6 m on the outer reef. They are lowered along the southern section of beach where the bar is usually attached bar, with higher waves and rips dominating the northern end. The higher waves break on the northern reef and reform in a wide deep trough before reaching the beach as a strong shorebreak, with a rip flowing out of the trough (Figs. 4.140 & 4.141).

Swimming

The headland beach is moderately safe beach in close to shore. Nobbys Beach is more exposed, with rips, rocks and reefs. Only swim when patrolled and between the flags.

Surfing

There are a number of reef based surfing spots around Nobbys including a left called The Wedge off the head; Stratts Spit located immediately south of Big Ben; Nobbys Reef that works in southeast and east swell and in the south; The Spot, a reef which has rights and lefts running off the southern bar into the rips. Around the rocks towards Newcastle Beach is the Cowrie Hole, which can produce some excellent reef breaks during southeast swell, and the adjacent Flat Rock which in smaller northeast swell holds a left.

Fishing

The rocks at the south end and the Cowrie Hole are the most popular spots to fish for luderick, bream, snapper and tailor.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • 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.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:05:02

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 26/09 Tue 27/09 Wed 28/09 Thu 29/09 Fri 30/09 Sat 01/10 Sun 02/10
    Nobbys SLSC (NSW)
    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 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Nobbys SLSC (NSW) 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, 02 Oct 03:00 am

    NOBBYS HEAD (0 km)


    Sunny.
    14.40 °C
    WNW/13 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SunMonTueWedThuFri
    26° 13° 23° 17° 24° 14° 24° 16° 25° 14° 27° 14°

    WATER

    19

    Issued at Sat, 01 Oct 14:21

    SWELL FORECAST

    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WNW
      16 km/h
      0.8m
    • WSW
      17 km/h
      0.8m
    • WSW
      19 km/h
      0.8m
    • WNW
      41 km/h
      1.3m
    • WNW
      32 km/h
      1.2m
    • WNW
      32 km/h
      1.2m
    • W
      23 km/h
      1.2m
    • W
      19 km/h
      1.5m
    • W
      21 km/h

    Newcastle issued at Sat, 01 Oct 17:47

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Westerly 15 to 25 knots turning northerly during the morning and early afternoon.
    Swell:
    South to southwesterly around 1 metre.
    Seas:
    1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
    Weather:
    Sunny.

    UV INDEX

    8



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      03:39
      0.38m
    • high
      10:00
      1.63m
    • low
      16:03
      0.44m
    • high
      22:09
      1.56m

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    Newcastle issued at Sun, 02 Oct 04:10

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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