Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
BeachBlacksmiths 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).
SwimmingAt 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.
SurfingRedhead 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.
FishingThis 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.
- Formal parking area