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BLACKSMITHS

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw250C
Includes Beaches:
nine mile beach redhead nine mile
State/Region:
NSW Blacksmiths
Post Code:
2281
Length:
2.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
swansea wall  (0.7km) swansea heads  (1.1km) crabbes  (1.3km) hams  (1.7km) nine mile  (1.9km)

Beach

Blacksmiths Beach (NSW 250b) is the home of the Swansea-Belmont SLSC founded in 1927. Access to the beach is provided right along the 1.5 km long Blacksmiths beachfront, with car parking and a large park and picnic area at the southern end. This end of the beach faces east and receives increasing protection from Swansea Heads, Moon Island and the northern entrance wall. As a result, over the southern 3 km of the beach a single bar dominates, and the rips while still prevailing all the way to the wall, became less intense and less active to the south, particularly under southeast waves (Fig. 4.147).

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
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Rock pool Rock pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Playground Playground
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp
  • Bike path Bike path
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Artificial shade Artificial shade
  • Power supply Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs
  • No Naked Flames No Naked Flames
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • No Firearms No Firearms
  • Shared Footway Shared Footway
  • No Glass No Glass
  • Surfcraft Prohibited Surfcraft Prohibited
  • Fires Prohibited Fires Prohibited
  • No Alcohol No Alcohol

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
Swansea Belmont SLSC
08:30
-
17:00
08:30
-
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:
6
First Aids:
7
Preventative Actions:
201

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Swansea Belmont SLSC Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

Hazards

  • Sharks Sharks
  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Inlet Inlet
  • Travelling rips Travelling rips
  • Beach exposure Beach exposure
  • Accessible Rock Platforms Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Long beach Long beach
  • Beach erosion Beach erosion
  • High surf High surf
  • Gutters Gutters
  • Strong Currents Strong Currents

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

Wed, 10 Feb 05:00 pm

LAKE MACQUARIE (11 km)


Clear.
26.00 °C
E/17 km/h
Wind

Weather information
WedThuFriSatSunMon
28° 19° 28° 19° 28° 21° 30° 20° 32° 21° 26° 22°

WATER

24

Issued at Wed, 10 Feb 15:01

SWELL FORECAST

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • SE
    8 km/h
    1.1m
  • ENE
    21 km/h
    1.3m
  • NE
    14 km/h
    1.3m
  • E
    18 km/h
    1.4m
  • ENE
    13 km/h
    1.3m
  • ENE
    24 km/h
    1.4m
  • NE
    15 km/h
    1m
  • NE
    26 km/h
    1.3m

Blacksmiths issued at Tue, 09 Feb 18:37

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell:
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas:
Around 1 metre.
Weather:
Partly cloudy.

UV INDEX

12



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    04:00
    0.36m
  • High
    10:28
    1.97m
  • Low
    16:53
    0.18m
  • High
    23:03
    1.65m

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Newcastle issued at Wed, 10 Feb 00:00

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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