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CAVES

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw255
State/Region:
NSW Caves Beach
Post Code:
2281
Length:
0.3km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
hams  (0.5km) stinky point  (0.8km) crabbes  (1km) quarry  (1.1km) swansea heads  (1.3km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • 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
  • 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 08/02 Tue 09/02 Wed 10/02 Thu 11/02 Fri 12/02 Sat 13/02 Sun 14/02
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 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
9
First Aids:
39
Preventative Actions:
2236

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

Hazards

  • Sharks Sharks
  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Winds Winds
  • High Tide Range High Tide Range
  • Littoral currents Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips Fixed rips
  • Travelling rips Travelling rips
  • Slippery surface Slippery surface
  • Slippery rocks Slippery rocks
  • Rocks Rocks
  • Shallow Water Shallow Water
  • Shallow Sandbars Shallow Sandbars
  • Accessible Rock Platforms Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Long beach Long beach
  • Outfall Outfall
  • Heavy shorebreak Heavy shorebreak
  • 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

Tue, 09 Feb 08:00 pm

LAKE MACQUARIE (11 km)


Partly cloudy.
22.40 °C
CALM/0 km/h
Wind

Weather information
TueWedThuFriSatSun
26° 20° 27° 19° 28° 19° 28° 21° 31° 21° 31° 22°

WATER

24

Issued at Tue, 09 Feb 15:01

SWELL FORECAST

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • S
    24 km/h
    0.7m
  • SSE
    22 km/h
    0.7m
  • SSW
    12 km/h
    0.2m
  • ENE
    22 km/h
    0.7m
  • NE
    12 km/h
    0.2m
  • E
    17 km/h
    0.5m
  • NE
    12 km/h
    1m
  • ENE
    23 km/h
    1.2m

Caves Beach issued at Mon, 08 Feb 23:46

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell:
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas:
1 to 2 metres.
Weather:
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

UV INDEX

12



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    03:12
    0.39m
  • High
    09:42
    1.97m
  • Low
    16:11
    0.20m
  • High
    22:17
    1.60m

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Newcastle issued at Tue, 09 Feb 00:00

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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