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Beach Number:
nsw274
State/Region:
NSW Norah Head
Post Code:
2263
Length:
0.9km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Extremely hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
gravelly  (0.5km) cabbage tree harbour  (0.9km) norah head  (0.9km) jenny dixons  (1.4km) lakes south  (2km)

Beach Status

OPEN

Beach

At Norah Head the shoreline turns and swings to the southwest down towards The Entrance. Rocky shores dominate the first 2 km south of the head, with two exposed beaches (NSW 273 & 274) located amongst the rocks and reefs and separated by the low Soldiers Point. The road from Norah Head runs out to a large car park located to the lee of the point, providing good views and access to both beaches. The first is Pebbly Beach (NSW 273, also called Gravelly Beach), which lies 500 m south of the head. It can be reached on foot from the Norah Head road in the north, or the Soldiers Point car park at the southern end. It is 600 m long, faces southeast and lies between low bluffs and wide rock platforms. The beach receives waves slightly reduced by the seaward protrusion of Soldiers Point, which usually maintain a continuous bar during low waves, or cut by rips against the rocks and one toward the centre during higher waves. In addition rocks often are exposed along the southern half of the beach.On the southern side of Soldiers Point is Soldiers Beach, (NSW 274) a popular swimming and surfing beach, but also a potentially hazardous location (Fig. 4.158). On average the lifesavers rescue 80 people each year, the second highest in the State for a non-metropolitan beach. The beach lies at the end of Soldiers Point Road, which terminates with two large car parks either side of the Soldiers Beach SLSC (formed in 1953). The beach faces the southeast and sweeps for 900 m between the northern Soldiers and southern Pelican points where the beach swings round to face the northeast. Along most of the beach waves average 1.6 m and maintain a single bar that is usually cut by a strong permanent rip against Soldiers Point, a weaker rip against Pelican Point, and 1-3 beach rips depending on wave conditions. Often a strong northerly current runs along the northern half during southeast swell conditions.

Swimming

These are two rip-dominated beaches, with strong permanent rips against the rocks. Only swim when patrolled and between the flags.

Surfing

The northern Soldiers Point provides a reasonable left over the reef, while down the beach waves break on the bars into the deep rip channels, with a bigger right off the southern rocks called Sunset.

Fishing

The flat rocks either end of the beaches allowing access to deeper water, however beware as waves sweep over the rocks at high tide.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Bus Bus

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.

     

    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
    Soldiers Beach 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 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    220
    First Aids:
    181
    Preventative Actions:
    2691

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Soldiers Beach 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

    Tue, 09 Feb 03:00 am

    NORAH HEAD AWS (1 km)


    Partly cloudy.
    22.60 °C
    SSE/20 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    TueWedThuFriSatSun
    26° 21° 27° 19° 27° 20° 28° 21° 29° 21° 32° 22°

    WATER

    24

    Issued at Mon, 08 Feb 14:59

    SWELL FORECAST

    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • S
      23 km/h
      1.2m
    • SSE
      21 km/h
      1.4m
    • SSW
      11 km/h
      1.3m
    • NE
      21 km/h
      1.4m
    • NE
      12 km/h
      1.2m
    • ENE
      12 km/h
      1.1m
    • NE
      11 km/h
      1.2m
    • ENE
      18 km/h
      1.2m

    Norah Head 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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