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Caves

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
nsw255
Includes Beaches:
Caves
State/Region:
NSW - Caves Beach
Post Code:
2281
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach

Caves Beach (NSW 255) derives its name from sea caves in the headland at the southern end of the beach. The beach runs for just 300 m south from the sandy foreland to the southern cave-rocks. The Swansea-Caves SLSC, (founded in 1929), a park and car park are located at the southern end (Fig. 4.149). A road runs the length of the beach with additional parking along much of the beach. Though Caves faces the southeast it is afforded a moderate degree of wave protection by reefs in the centre and north and Spoon Rocks to the southeast. As a result waves average 1 m and maintain a single attached bar. However during high waves a strong rip forms against the southern rocks and one to two up the beach.

Swimming

Hams is a potentially hazardous beach owing to the higher waves, prominent rips and rocks. Stay on the inner portion of attached bars and away from rips and side currents. Caves usually has lower waves and is patrolled.

Surfing

These are two popular surfing beach, with Hams exposed to most swell, with the best breaks are the lefts and rights, known as Frenchmans, either side of the sand spit that forms in lee of the northern Frenchman Rock, while Caves provides some shelter during bigger seas.

Fishing

The best gutters are along Hams Beach, with the rocks more popular at Caves.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100
Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Lookout Lookout
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Bike path Bike path
  • 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 Vehicles No Vehicles
  • No Cats or Dogs No Cats or Dogs
  • No Model Planes No Model Planes
  • No Naked Flames No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • No Firearms No Firearms
  • No Glass No Glass
  • 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 15/12 Tue 16/12 Wed 17/12 Thu 18/12 Fri 19/12 Sat 20/12 Sun 21/12
Caves Beach 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:
13
First Aids:
32
Preventative Actions:
1004

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Caves Beach 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 21° wind NE/4 km/h

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Weather information
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24°20° 22°19° 22°19° 23°19° 25°19° 29°19°

NEWCASTLE UNI (25 km) issued at Thu 11 Dec 09:00 (EST)

WATER

20

Issued at Fri, December 19 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • ESE
    1 m
  • ESE
    1.2 m
  • SSE
    1.6 m
  • S
    1.2 m
  • SSE
    0.8 m

Caves Beach issued at Thu, December 18 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

12

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TODAY'S TIDE

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Newcastle issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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