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Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw268
Includes Beaches:
birdie beach lakes
State/Region:
NSW Budgewoi Peninsula
Post Code:
2262
Length:
5.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
little birdie  (2.7km) lakes south  (2.9km) deadmans  (3.1km) jenny dixons  (3.4km) frazer  (3.4km)

Beach

Birdie Beach (NSW 268) trends 8 km southeast from the end of the rocks 1 km south of Wybung Head, south to the beginning of the rocks of Norah Head (Fig. 4.155). It is known as Red Ochre Beach along the northern section in Munmorah State Conservation Area, Birdie Beach then Budgewoi Beach for most of its length, and Lakes Beach in the south around The Lakes SLSC, where it faces due east. The beach has two sand forelands, one 3 km down the beach where wave refraction round Bird Island causes the beach to build seaward, and then in the south at Jewfish Point which has formed in lee of rocks and reefs and where the beach terminates (Fig. 4.156). The beach is backed by a relatively undeveloped barrier that widens from 200 m in the south to 1.5 km in the north, with Lake Munmorah and Lake Budgewoi behind. The beach is accessible in the northern Red Ochre section at Freemans camping area and Tea Tree picnic area. Two rough tracks lead to Birdie Beach, with access improving between Budgewoi and Lakes Beach where there are three car parks and walkways over the dunes.Waves average 1.6 m along the Red Ochre, Birdie and Budgeowi beaches (NSW 268a,b,c), dropping to 1 m along Lakes Beach and 0.5 m at Jewfish Point. The surf zone reflects this transition. In the north and centre large rips dominate the inner and outer bar, with the inner bar separating during and following high seas to produce a continuous longshore trough containing rips and rip feeder currents. Inner bar rips average 300-400 m in spacing, while on the outer bar they usually exceed 500 m. A strong permanent rip also runs out along the north headland.Along Lakes Beach (NSW 268d) a single, usually attached bar continues south to Jewfish Point, with rips spaced every 300-400 m. The rips decrease to the south with often a continuous attached bar at Jewfish Point. However when waves exceed 1.5 m a strong south current and rip can sweep toward Jewfish Point. The Lakes SLSC (founded in 1953) and lifeguards patrol the southern section with roving patrols up as far as Red Ochre.

Swimming

This is a long, often isolated and rip-dominated beach, so use care when swimming. Best along the patrolled Lakes section, where wave area also lowest. Be very careful if swimming at Red Ochre, as large rips dominate with a permanent rip against the northern rocks.

Surfing

Red Ochre is a popular spot with surfers and works best in moderate east to southeast swell, and offshore or light winds, with numerous beach breaks down the beach.

Fishing

The northern rocks lead to the popular Wybung Head, while numerous shifting gutters persist all the way down the beach. The beach gutters are fished for bream, flathead, whiting and tailor.

Location

Information Symbols

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Regulation Symbols

    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.

    Last updated: 06/06/2011 15:56:31

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 26/09 Tue 27/09 Wed 28/09 Thu 29/09 Fri 30/09 Sat 01/10 Sun 02/10
    The Lakes SLSC
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    Wyong Shire Council Lifeguard Service
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00
    08:30
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: The Lakes SLSC Wyong Shire Council Lifeguard Service

    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

    Fri, 30 Sep 06:00 am

    NORAH HEAD AWS (4 km)


    Possible storm. Windy.
    14.10 °C
    NNW/26 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    FriSatSunMonTueWed
    17° 12° 22° 13° 26° 14° 24° 18° 25° 14° 26° 16°

    WATER

    20

    Issued at Thu, 29 Sep 14:24

    SWELL FORECAST

    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • NW
      27 km/h
      0.8m
    • NW
      39 km/h
      0.9m
    • WNW
      30 km/h
      0.7m
    • WNW
      29 km/h
      0.7m
    • NW
      15 km/h
      0.5m
    • E
      21 km/h
      0.9m
    • W
      24 km/h
      1.2m
    • WNW
      35 km/h
      1.1m
    • W
      33 km/h

    Budgewoi Peninsula issued at Thu, 29 Sep 17:58

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    West to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
    Swell:
    Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
    Seas:
    1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm south of Port Stephens in the afternoon and evening.

    UV INDEX

    9



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      01:58
      0.11m
    • high
      07:53
      0.93m
    • low
      14:02
      0.16m
    • high
      20:01
      0.98m

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    Swansea issued at Fri, 30 Sep 06:22

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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