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Blacksmiths

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw250c
State/Region:
NSW - Blacksmiths
Post Code:
2281
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
150

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • 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
  • Parking Parking
  • 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 20/10 Tue 21/10 Wed 22/10 Thu 23/10 Fri 24/10 Sat 25/10 Sun 26/10
Swansea Belmont 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 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
3

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Swansea Belmont 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

Today 29° wind SE/4 km/h

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Weather information
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26°17° 27°19° 23°19° 29°18° 26°18° 23°17°

NEWCASTLE UNI (21 km) issued at Thu 23 Oct 15:00 (EST)

WATER

19

Issued at Thu, October 23 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • SE
    0.8 m
  • E
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.8 m

Blacksmiths issued at Wed, October 22 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

9

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TODAY'S TIDE

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