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Bar/Dixon/Merewether Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED BEACH TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw245
Includes Beaches:
Bar Dixon Merewether
State/Region:
NSW Merewether
Post Code:
2291
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
The Gulf (0.7km) Susan Gilmour (0.7km) The Gulf (s) (0.9km) Glenrock/burwood (1.5km) Newcastle (1.7km)

Beach

Bar Beach is better known by the names of it's three Surf Clubs - Cooks Hill, Dixon Park and Merewether. It is surrounded by long established inner Newcastle suburbs and has excellent road and bus access, with large car parks adjacent to the three Surf Clubs. In addition two rock pools are located on the rock platform at Merewether. The Surf Clubs were formed in 1911, 1932 and 1910 respectively, attesting to both the long popularity of this beach and its inherent bathing hazards. The entire beach is 1.3 km long, faces the south east, receives waves averaging 1.6 m and is bounded by wide rock platforms, backed by high cliffs. Rocks and reefs also occur on the beach and in the surf at either end and at places along the beach, particularly following beach erosion. The waves and sand produce a high energy beach characterised by an inner bar usually cut by 8 beach rips with permanent rips at either end, the northern at Cooks Hill being the more prominent. Rips occur every 200 to 300 m along the beach, with one against the Merewether rocks intensifying when waves exceed 1 m. Higher waves break on an outer bar and the northern and southern reefs, the latter called 'The Ladies'. The result is a wide surf zone with waves often reforming in the channel to break again on the inner bar.

Swimming

A popular but potentially hazardous beach owing to the prevailing beach and headland rips. The three Surf Clubs rescue on average 27, 29 and 44 people each year respectively, a total of 100 for the beach. So be careful and stay between the flags which are there year round. Watch for the rips and stay on the attached portions of the inner bar. If still unsure swim in the rock pool.

Surfing

This is the home beach of four time World Surfing Champion Mark Richards and the site of international surf contests so it must have something to offer. The beach does offer good beach breaks particularly on the outer bar during moderate swell, and when its bigger The Ladies reef at Merewether produces good rights up to 3 m and will hold a south east swell up to 5 m.

Fishing

Permanent gutters run out past the rocks at each end, with usually several good gutters along the beach.

General

This is Newcastle's most popular beach both for families, bathers and surfers. The beach is moderately safe, the surf however is better suited for surfing that bathing. However with three Surf Clubs there is ample patrolled areas to provide safer bathing.

Location

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  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

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
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Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service
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Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service
08:00
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STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
54
First Aids:
140
Preventative Actions:
1770

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Merewether SLSC Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service Dixon Park SLSC Cooks Hill SLSC Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service 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

Today 17° WNW/32.00 km/h

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NOBBYS HEAD (3 km) issued at Fri 28 Aug 11:00

WATER

18

Issued at Thu, August 27 14:05

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Warning for Friday for Hunter Coast Winds: Westerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore north of Norah Head in the morning
Swell:
South to southeasterly 1 to 1
Seas:
1
Weather:
Becoming cloudy

UV INDEX

5

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    00:51
    0.28m
  • High
    06:54
    1.47m
  • Low
    12:35
    0.39m
  • High
    19:04
    1.91m
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Newcastle issued at Fri, August 28 00:00

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