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REDHEAD

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw250A
Includes Beaches:
nine mile beach nine mile blacksmiths
State/Region:
NSW Newcastle
Post Code:

Length:
1km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
nine mile beach  (2.9km) dudley  (2.9km) nine mile  (4km) glenrock/burwood  (4km) the gulf (s)  (4.6km)

Beach Status

OPEN

Beach

Eighty-metre high Redhead Point marks the southern end of the rocky Newcastle shoreline, and the beginning of Nine Mile Beach (NSW 250). The beach initially trends due southwest as Redhead Beach (Fig. 4.145), curving to the south in the last 3 km as Blacksmith Beach, to terminate against the northern entrance wall for Lake Macquarie. The beach is backed by a sand barrier, which widens to 1.5 km in the north where extensive sand dunes dominate. On the northern side of the dunes the 10 ha Jewells Swamp drains to the beach via two small creeks including Crokers Creek, with a third Freshwater Creek draining the northern headland to cross the beach just south of the surf club. South of the dunes the 200 ha Belmont Swamp and Lagoon back much of the beach, together with the central Belmont sewer works and southern golf course. The only vehicle access is in the north at Redhead and south at Blacksmiths.The northern Redhead end of the beach has a long and interesting association with swimming and surf life saving. The Redhead SLSC was formed in 1907 on what was then a private beach. The lifesavers were known as the 'Durham Boys', as most worked in the adjacent Durham coal mine. The first subdivision of the Redhead estate took place in 1911 thereby opening the beach to the public. Today the Lambton Colliery still operates at Redhead which remains a compact mining town surrounded by the Awabakal Nature Reserve to the north; the colliery and railway to the west; the Nine Mile Beach dunes to the south; and the ocean to the east. The public is however welcome with parking and a park adjacent to the surf club.The beach extends for 10.4 km (making it 7 miles not 9 miles long) and for the most part is fully exposed to southerly waves which average 1.6 m, only decreasing slightly along Blacksmiths Beach. A well-developed double bar system runs the length of the beach decreasing to one bar at Blacksmiths. The inner bar is cut by rips every 200-300 m producing up to 50 rips along the beach. A wide, deep trough lies offshore, then the outer bar with rips spaced every 500 m or more (Fig. 4.146).The Redhead surf club is located on a rock outcrop 100 m south of Redhead Point. The stretch of sand between the club and the point is known as Little Redhead and under most conditions has a strong, permanent rip against the point. Rips occur at the point, at the rocks in front of the club and all the way down the beach to Blacksmiths. Fortunately they are usually separated by attached bars up to 200 m long, upon which are the best place to swim.

Swimming

At Redhead stay close to the surf club and swim between the flags. Be very careful if swimming near the rocks or down the beach, as it is rip-dominated and isolated, and there is also a sewer outlet across the beach. While Blacksmith usually has lower waves it is still rip-dominated so stay between the flags.

Surfing

Redhead picks up any east or southeast swell and is best during summer when it is protected from northeast winds. Blacksmiths offers beach breaks and during large southeast swell the bar against the entrance wall can offer good rights. During bigger seas there are breaks either side of the northern entrance wall, known as Blacksmith Point.

Fishing

This long beach usually has gutters most of its length, with permanent gutters at Little Redhead and off the Swansea breakwater. These gutters are fished for a wide range of species including tailor, bream, whiting and mulloway.

Location

Information Symbols

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

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.

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 01/02 Tue 02/02 Wed 03/02 Thu 04/02 Fri 05/02 Sat 06/02 Sun 07/02
    Redhead SLSC
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    22
    First Aids:
    153
    Preventative Actions:
    854

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Redhead SLSC Lake Macquarie 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, 07 Feb 04:00 pm

    NOBBYS HEAD (8 km)


    Mostly clear.
    24.90 °C
    SE/17 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SunMonTueWedThuFri
    28° 20° 28° 19° 28° 20° 30° 19° 30° 19° 30° 21°

    WATER

    24

    Issued at Sun, 07 Feb 15:04

    SWELL FORECAST

    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SE
      16 km/h
      1.7m
    • SSE
      14 km/h
      1.5m
    • SSW
      19 km/h
      1.3m
    • S
      23 km/h
      1.4m
    • S
      24 km/h
      1.5m
    • SSE
      21 km/h
      1.4m
    • SSW
      12 km/h
      1.1m
    • ESE
      14 km/h
      1.1m

    Newcastle issued at Sat, 06 Feb 19:11

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
    Swell:
    Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 20% chance of a shower. Caution: Deceptively powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing, easing during the day.

    UV INDEX

    12



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      01:39
      0.51m
    • High
      08:13
      1.84m
    • Low
      14:49
      0.33m
    • High
      20:47
      1.46m

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    Newcastle issued at Sun, 07 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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