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MAITLAND BAY

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw290
State/Region:
NSW Gosford
Post Code:
2251
Length:
0.6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
bullimah  (1km) little  (1.7km) putty/killcare  (1.7km) macmasters  (2.5km) tallow  (2.6km)

Beach

Maitland Bay (NSW 290) is named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked on the bombora off Bouddi Head in 1898. The remains of her boiler still sit on the eastern rock platform. The 600 m long south-facing beach curves between Bouddi and Gerrin points (Fig. 4.176). It can only be reached on foot from the Mount Bouddi or Old Maitland Store car parks, both requiring a 1-2 km walk down the forested spurs. Most people arrive by boat from Sydney and Broken Bay, anchoring toward the more sheltered eastern end. The beach faces south-southwest and is well protected from most swell entering Broken Bay by its orientation, and particularly by the Maitland Bombora and the protruding arm of Bouddi Point. As a result waves average 0.5 m and maintain a steep, cusped reflective beach, which permits small boats to anchor safely close inshore.

Swimming

Maitland Bay usually has low surging wave running up the steep beach. Children should watch the surge and deep water close inshore. During big seas a heavy shorebreak develops.

Surfing

Only a surging shore break, which gets heavier as the waves get bigger.

Fishing

Not permitted in the marine park.

General

The 13 km long southern shore of Bouddi National Park is dominated by high sandstone cliffs and headlands that extends south from Second Point to Third Point, where the shore then trends west to Bouddi and Gerrin points, and finally Box Head, the northern headland of Broken Bay. Besides Little Beach, five headland-bound beaches (NSW 289-294) occupy this section of coast.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Park Park

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 12:05:05

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    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

      Thu, 25 Aug 05:00 am

      GOSFORD AWS (6 km)


      Showers.
      9.80 °C
      WSW/15 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      ThuFriSatSunMonTue
      16° 15° 17° 18° 19° 20°

      WATER

      19

      Issued at Wed, 24 Aug 13:59

      SWELL FORECAST

      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SW
        34 km/h
        2.2m
      • SW
        16 km/h
        1.7m
      • SW
        18 km/h
        1.6m
      • SSW
        26 km/h
        1.6m
      • SSW
        19 km/h
        1.4m
      • S
        10 km/h
        1.2m
      • W
        11 km/h
        0.8m
      • ENE
        17 km/h
        0.9m

      Gosford issued at Wed, 24 Aug 18:19

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      South to southeasterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore early in the morning. Turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning and early afternoon.
      Swell:
      Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
      Seas:
      2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
      Weather:
      Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

      UV INDEX

      TODAY'S TIDE

      • high
        01:20
        1.32m
      • low
        07:29
        0.39m
      • high
        14:00
        1.55m
      • low
        20:35
        0.44m

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      Patonga issued at Thu, 25 Aug 05:44

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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