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COPACABANA

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw288A
Includes Beaches:
copacabana-macmasters macmasters
State/Region:
NSW Copacabana
Post Code:
2251
Length:
0.75km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
copacabana-macmasters  (0.4km) macmasters  (0.7km) avoca  (1.5km) little  (1.6km) avoca beach  (1.9km)

Today's Hazards

    Beach

    Copacabana-Macmasters Beach (NSW 288) occupies a 1.4 km wide southeast-facing embayment bordered by the prominent sandstone 110 m high Tudibaring Head in the north and 90 m high Second Point to the south (Fig. 4.174 & xx4.175 the latter named by Captain Cook in 1770. The northern Copacabana Beach (NSW 288a) beach is backed by a board valley in the north occupied by 30 ha Cockrone Lake, then the houses of Copacabana spread up the backing and northern slopes. A small rocky spur separates it from the southern Macmasters Beach (NSW 288b) which is backed by a smaller developed valley. Both areas are occupied by residential and holiday homes, with little in the way of tourist facilities. Macmasters Beach is the older settlement. Macmasters SLSC formed in 1946, while Copacabana SLSC was formed in 1963 during the subdivision and opening up of the northern half. Beach access is good on both sides of the Lake though parking is more restricted at Macmasters.The beach faces the east-southeast and receives waves that average 1.5 m at Copacabana, decreasing to about 1 m at Macmasters. These maintain a single bar, which is usually attached along the beach, but cut by 6-8 rips, which decrease in size and intensity to the south, often infilling at Macmasters forming a continuous, attached bar. A strong permanent rip runs out along the northern head, and during high seas a similar rip is formed against the southern head, particularly during summer northeast waves. Small rock pools have been constructed amongst the rocks at each end.

    Swimming

    Copacabana is potentially hazardous owing to the persistent and often strong rips, so stay between the flags. Children should stay in the rock pool. Macmasters usually has lower waves and is a more popular beach, the higher number of swimmers leading to 20 rescues on average each year, so stay on the bar and between the flags, and be very careful if swimming up the beach, as rips abound.

    Surfing

    This beach offers three breaks. A left point break at Copacabana works best in northeast to east swell and provides a reasonable long, if fullish left over the rocks. Along the beach are beach breaks which depend on bar and lagoon entrance conditions, while at Macmasters when the swell is big east to southeast, the point starts working producing a solid right hander.

    Fishing

    Both headlands have high rocks with access to deep water. Beach gutters are best at Copacabana and when the lake is open.

    Location

    Information Symbols

    • Formal parking area Formal parking area
    • Drinking water Drinking water
    • Toilets Toilets
    • Dressing shed Dressing shed
    • Showers Showers
    • Kiosk Kiosk
    • Shops Shops
    • Public phone Public phone
    • Park Park
    • 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.

      Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:05:03

       

      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
      Copacabana SLSC
      09:00
      -
      17:00
      09:00
      -
      17:00
      Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service
      09:00
      -
      18:00
      09:00
      -
      18:00
      09:00
      -
      18:00
      09:00
      -
      18:00
      09:00
      -
      18:00

      STATISTICS

      July 2016 - June 2017

      Rescues:
      0
      First Aids:
      0
      Preventative Actions:
      0

      The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Copacabana SLSC Gosford City 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

      Wed, 28 Sep 11:00 pm

      GOSFORD AWS (6 km)


      Clear.
      14.80 °C
      NNE/7 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      WedThuFriSatSunMon
      19° 18° 13° 16° 10° 21° 13° 25° 12° 26° 16°

      WATER

      20

      Issued at Wed, 28 Sep 14:24

      SWELL FORECAST

      Wednesday
      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SW
        15 km/h
        1.4m
      • E
        17 km/h
        1.4m
      • NNE
        27 km/h
        1.8m
      • W
        33 km/h
        1.4m
      • NW
        33 km/h
        0.9m
      • NW
        35 km/h
        0.9m
      • NW
        29 km/h
        0.9m
      • W
        24 km/h
        0.8m

      Copacabana issued at Tue, 27 Sep 22:57

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Decreasing to about 10 knots in the middle of the day then turning east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
      Swell:
      Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
      Seas:
      1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
      Weather:
      Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower and the chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning.

      UV INDEX

      7



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        00:26
        0.28m
      • high
        06:33
        1.37m
      • low
        12:27
        0.39m
      • high
        18:41
        1.57m

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      Patonga issued at Wed, 28 Sep 23:37

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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